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Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. She is to be 377 feet (115 m) long, 33 feet (10 m) wide, have a maximum draft of 32 feet (9.8 m) and will displace 7,800 tonnes (7,700 long tons; 8,600 short tons). She will be propelled by nuclear power, have a single propeller and a complement of 15 officers and 117 enlisted crewmembers. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. Once in the water, the boat then was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


“Successfully launching Delaware into the water the first time is a proud moment for the Virginia-class submarine team and the thousands of dedicated shipbuilders involved in constructing the ship,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. “With this significant key event behind us, we look forward to completing construction and sea trials next year so this great warship can join the fleet and defend our nation.”
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


Delaware is the 18th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the ninth to be delivered by Newport News. More than 10,000 shipbuilders from Newport News and Electric Boat have participated in Delaware’s construction since the work began in September 2013. This boat is the eighth and final of the Block III submarines that feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs. The submarine was christened by Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, during a ceremony in October.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


Virginia-class submarines, a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, are built for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions to replace the Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarines. Virginia-class submarines incorporate dozens of new technologies and innovations that increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth and significantly enhance their warfighting capabilities. These 377-foot long submarines are capable of supporting multiple mission areas and can operate at submerged speeds of more than 25 knots for months at a time. Following testing, Delaware is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy next year.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


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Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon

Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon


The Russian Defense Ministry have released stunning video footage of Peresvet combat laser systems entering test service, shedding a bit more light on the cutting-edge weapon. A short one-minute video shows the laser system “getting on test duty” outside Teikovo, a town west of Moscow. The system slowly comes out of a hangar and ejects a barrel-shape device, presumably a laser lens. The camera then quickly films Peresvet’s control room and an operator handling the system by remote control.

Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon

Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon


The Peresvet, also known as Russian Mobile Laser Weapon, is a new high energy laser weapon system unveiled by President Putin on March 1, 2018. The laser weapon system was already operational within the Russian Army but has not received an official military designation yet. The name was chosen by Russian citizens after a round of online voting. Alexander Peresvet was “a famous warrior monk who fought at the 1380 Battle of Kulikovo, which ended the Mongol domination of medieval Russia. The most likely use of this weapon is to counter unmanned air vehicles (UAV), cruise missiles and other low speed aircraft flying at low altitude. The laser beam is generated at the end of the carrier vehicle which features a sort of steerable laser cannon.
Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon

Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon


No further details were released about this weapon but the laser system itself may be powered by a small nuclear powerplant similar to the one used on the Poseidon nuclear torpedo and the Burevestnik global cruise missile. In July 2018 the new details emerged about the Peresvet purpose which may consist on blinding electro-optical sensors onboard surveillance Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and unmanned aircraft. The Peresvet is being deployed on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) within Russian territory. In the event of an ICBM launch the laser system might be employed to blind space based assets from registering the launch. Besides, the system can be employed to engage the guidance system of several types of missiles that are based upon image matching to identify their targets.
Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon

Russia deploys new Peresvet Ground-Based Laser Weapon


Russia’s Army has received its first laser combat weapon. The Peresvet high-energy laser weapon was declared operational on December 1, 2018. Key details about the laser, including its power and even purpose are still a mystery, with Moscow declaring it is “not time yet” for details. Peresvet firing units began being delivered to Russian Army units in 2017. The weapons appear trailer-mounted, normally concealed inside an armored shroud. The system looks similar to the U.S. Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) which went to sea on the warship USS Ponce in 2017.