The United States (US) is likely to sign a deal for 10 Virginia-class submarines next month with General Dynamics Electric Boat and subcontractor Huntington Ingalls Industries.
The 10-ship contract will include nine 84-foot Block V Virginia Payload Module (VPM) subs, according to budget documents submitted to Congress this week.
The VPM is designed to triple the Tomahawk cruise missile capacity of the Virginia-class subs, a move designed to offset the pending retirement of the Ohio-class guided-missile subs, which have a 154-Tomahawk capacity. Each VPM sub will have a 40-Tomahawk loadout.
SSN-803 (the first VPM sub) will be delivered in 2025 as a part of the block buy, Defense News reported Wednesday.
The US Navy has also added a third SSN to this year's budget to start the construction of LPD Flight II, expecting a dip in the number of attack boats from 52 to 42.
Taiwan is eyeing to purchase 108 United States (US)-made main battle tanks (MBTs) designated as M1A2X in this year. “The US will announce the sale of M1A2X battle tanks to Taiwan within the next three months,”
The United States Air Force (USAF) will purchase 18 Boeing F-15X upgraded jets up from 8; and 48 Lockheed Martin F-35 jets down from 54 annually, according to its new five-year defense hardware procurement plan announced Monday. Starting next year, the USAF plans to procure 18 F-15X jets for $7
Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the Virginia-class attack submarine, New Jersey (SSN 796) on Monday. New Jersey is the 23rd Virginia-class fast attack submarine
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) intercepted an unarmed missile soaring over the Pacific, using a salvo of two interceptor missiles launched from underground Californian silos for the first time, on Monday. Both interceptors hit their targets— a re-entry vehicle that had been launched 4,000 miles away atop an intercontinental-range missile, the Pentagon said
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