US Navy Plans to Put Hypersonic Missiles on Attack Submarines and Destroyers

The U.S. Navy plans to put hypersonic missiles on Virginia Attack Submarines, Zumwalt Destroyers and all Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The Conventional Prompt Strike program will provide hypersonic missile capability for faster missiles with longer ranges according to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.

The Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) program was given $278 million in fY2019 and $512 million in FY2020. The plan is for $5.3 billion to be allocated from FY2021 through FY2025.

It will likely take a decade or two to deploy the hypersonic missiles. The current hypersonic missiles are too wide and big to fit into regular missiles tubes. Future air-breathing hypersonic missiles should be small enough to fit into standard missile tubes

Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) is designed to travel at over Mach 5 (3,836 miles per hour). It will use a U.S. Navy booster rocket and a hypersonic weapon glide body jointly developed with the U.S. Army.

The Secretary of the Army claimed that the March 2020 missile test struck the target within 6 inches of the target.

The US Navy has plans to increase from 296 ships to more than 500 ships by 2045. This will mean building 355 ships by the mid-2030s.

SOURCEs – CRS, Popular Mechanics, Defense News
Written by Brian Wang,

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