The United States will begin equipping its Zumwalt-class destroyers with hypersonic missiles in 4 years, and the Virginia-class nuclear submarines & mdash; in seven. Currently, the United States is testing hypersonic missiles with varying success. Placing launchers on ships and, moreover, submarines will create technological problems & mdash; probably solvable, but requiring huge financial costs. AiF.ru figured out whether the country has a chance to combine water and air, as well as & mdash; to what extent this will increase the power of the US Air Force, whether they have a chance to catch up with Russia in a hypersonic race. & nbsp;
This was announced by Vice Admiral Johnny Wolfe, Director of Strategic Systems Programs of the US Navy. According to him, the Zumwalt-class destroyers will receive hypersonic missiles in 2025, and the Virginia-class nuclear submarines & mdash; in 2028. & nbsp;
Now the US Navy has two Zumwalt-class destroyers, the main weapons of which are 80 Tomahawk cruise missiles, and 19 fourth-generation Virginia-class multipurpose nuclear submarines capable of carrying 12 such missiles. Recall that the Zumwalt stealth destroyers are the most technologically advanced warships in the world. Their design is made with the use of composite materials that provide high performance of radar stealth. At the moment, ships of this class are equipped with 20 Mk-57 universal launchers with a total capacity of 80 missiles. The main task of these destroyers is to support ship groupings and ground forces by attacking coastal targets. & Nbsp;
As for the Virginia class submarines, they are small and relatively cheap multipurpose submarines. Equipping them with hypersonic missiles & mdash; this is a serious increase in military power. With such a weapon, the submarine is able to imperceptibly approach any object, especially located near the coast. & Nbsp;
Flight tests of hypersonic systems for the Navy, primarily for surface ships, will continue this year. To test weapons for submarines, it is planned to create an underwater test complex, which is currently under construction. & Nbsp;
Note that Russia already in October launched the Zircon hypersonic missile; from a submarine. Prior to that, all launches were carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov ship. In the water area of the Barents Sea, the rocket hit a conditional target, the flight of the rocket corresponded to the specified parameters. The tests were found to be successful. At the end of June, Russian President Vladimir Putin reported ship rocket Zircon will soon be on alert. Russia has launched such missiles from ships repeatedly & mdash; in particular, from the frigate of the Northern Fleet 'Admiral Gorshkov'. Also launches from the board of Admiral Gorshkov held in December 2020, as well as in October, November and July.
The US Navy seeks to accelerate the process of rearmament not only of submarines in order to catch up with Russia. Hypersonic weapons & mdash; an important element of army renewal & mdash; after all, it is the cutting edge of military technology. In fiscal 2022, which began on October 1 in the United States, the Navy is preparing to conduct two full-scale tests of hypersonic missiles. In October, three successful tests of hypersonic systems developed for the US Army and Navy were carried out, the launches of which were carried out from the Wallops Island test site on the Atlantic coast in Virginia. & Nbsp;
However, there were also unsuccessful launches. For example, in October, the United States reported a failure in testing hypersonic weapons. Officially, the United States Department of Defense has confirmed the disruption and postponement of hypersonic weapons tests due to a problem with the booster. In July, the US Air Force admitted that the second test of an air-launched hypersonic missile (ARRW) failed after the engine failed, and the first & mdash; in April, then the problem was in the launch vehicle.
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