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Virginia Block V  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2025
Total Production: 10
Unitary Cost: USD$2.4 billion
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding
Parent System: SSN 774 Virginia
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 23 October 2004
Total Production: 38
Total Cost: USD$93 billion
Family Members: SSN 774 Virginia, Virginia Block II, Virginia Block III and Virginia Block IV
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Description: The SSN 774 Virginia are the next generation US Navy (USN) nuclear-powered fast attack submarines designed to meet the 21st century submarine warfare requirements. The Virginia class ships are intended as the replacement for existing Los Angeles class attack submarines. These submarines feature advanced technologies to achieve improved firepower, maneuverability, endurance and emphasizing integrated acoustic and non-acoustic stealth. They are able to stay submerged for up to three months at a time. Powered by a nuclear pressurized water reactor (PWR) can achieve a top speed submerged of 25 knots with a maximum depth of 500 meters. The US Navy plans call for the procurement of up to 30 Virginia class submarines starting in 2004.

The submarine high data rate (Sub HDR) multi-band satellite communication (SATCOM) system is provided by Raytheon. The Sub HDR connects submarines to the above sea world by raising a mast-mounted antenna above the ocean's surface while the boat remains stealthy and submerged at periscope depth. It supports secure data, voice, multimedia, imagery and video teleconferencing via the Global Broadcast Service, the Milstar satellite constellation, and the Defense Satellite Communication System. The FORCEnet capability being inducted to existing and on order submarines allows to communicate using IP/Internet Protocol connectivity. It allows US submarine fleet to quickly and easily share and exchange information for military purposes, while submarine crew can connect to their families back home via email, web browsing, file transfer, etc.

Virginia nuclear submarines are used to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, intelligence collection, special forces delivery, and land-attack operations using Tactical Tomahawk missiles launched from 12 vertical launch system (VLS) tubes and four 533mm torpedo tubes. They perform the full-spectrum of open-ocean, blue water missions as well as littoral warfare missions. The SSN 774 Virginia class submarines goal is to maintain USN undersea superiority well into the 21st century. In addition to current torpedoes, mines and missiles these submarines will be armed with unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV). Virginia class boats can carry the Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) underwater vehicle for special forces infiltration.

The Virginia Block V class submarines are expected to increase the number of Tomahawk cruise missiles from 12 to 40 delivering outstanding land attack capabilities. These boats will be equipped with the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). The first Block V boat might be commissioned by the US Navy after 2025. The Block V program aim is to deliver 9 submarines plus another one as option.

Virginia Block V Specifications

Number of Vertical Launch Systems: 6
Number of Weapons: 66
Beam: 34 foot (10.4 meter)
Length: 460 foot (140 meter)
Max Operating Depth: 800 foot (244 meter)
Top Speed Submerged: 25 knot (12.9 mps)
Displacement Submerged: 10,200 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Virginia Block V News

There are 5 news between
18 Jul 2017 and 2 Dec 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019US Navy Awards $22 Billion Contract for Construction of up to 10 Virginia Block V Boats by 2029
Monday, March 18, 2019US Navy Awards Additional Material Contract for 10 Virginia Block V Class Submarines
Tuesday, June 5, 2018BAE Systems to Provide Virginia Payload Module for Block V Submarines
Monday, March 12, 2018US Navy Orders Four Additional Virginia Class Submarines
Tuesday, July 18, 2017US Navy Test Fires Tomahawk Missiles from Virginia Block III Submarine

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 101
Offensive Weapons
Tactical Tomahawkx40
Protection Systems

Virginia Block V Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
SSN 802 -2025-
SSN 803 -2026-
SSN 804 -2026-
SSN 805 -2027-
SSN 806 -2027-
SSN 807 -2028-
SSN 808 -2028-
SSN 809 -2029-
SSN 810 -2029-
SSN 811 -2030-

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