The Ohio-class strategic missile nuclear submarine is a type of nuclear-powered submarine developed by the U.S. Navy since the mid-1970s. Equipped with a 24-tube SLBM vertical launch system. Currently, a total of 18 Ohio-class nuclear submarines are in service with the U.S. Navy. However, because the first few Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarines have been in service for a long time and their hulls are aging, they are no longer able to undertake the mission of strategic nuclear deterrence. Therefore, the first four ships of the Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarine have been converted into cruise missile nuclear submarines carrying conventional guided missiles.
Don’t look at the obvious gap between the United States and Russia in the development of land-based intercontinental missiles, but it does not mean that the United States does not have the ability and level to develop land-based intercontinental missiles, and even strategic missile nuclear submarines and submarine-launched ballistic missiles with more demanding technical requirements are Land-based nuclear weapons with relatively low technical requirements that can be easily developed are not a problem for the United States, but the strategic focus of the United States and Russia is different.
But in the long run, the submarine-based nuclear combat force is indeed more stealthy, sudden and lethal than the land-based nuclear force. This is also the year when the 14 Ohio strategic nuclear submarines are in their prime, and the U.S. Navy has quietly One of the main reasons for shifting energy and focus to the development of the next-generation strategic missile submarine “Columbia” class, is it not acceptable to have such a strategic vision and courage?