WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States will spend nearly $ 109 billion on a program to build 12 new Columbia-class submarines. This information becomes clear from the published report to the U.S. Congress, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned.
Columbia-class submarines must replace the obsolete U.S. fleet of Ohio-class submarines. There are currently 14 submarines of this class in the United States. According to U.S. analysts and military experts, the Columbia-class submarine program is the highest priority program of the U.S. Navy. Washington hopes that the first boat to be produced this year will pass testing and will be put into operation in 2022 at the latest.
The report that the U.S. Congress already has to discuss explains how the Pentagon will spend the funds over the next ten years. For example, in the past 2020, the U.S. military budget provided nearly $ 2.9 billion for the program’s development and research.
The development and production of the first submarine of this class expect to cost the Americans the most. The report says the first submarine will cost the U.S. taxpayer nearly $ 14.4 billion. By comparison, an Ohio-class sub in 2019 cost about $ 3 billion. That $ 14.4 billion includes everything – planning, forecasting, development. Excluding these activities, the production of the first Columbia-class submarine amounted to approximately $ 8.4 billion.
U.S. Congress also has questions
Washington and the Pentagon want the second boat of the same class launch in nearly three years – in 2024. The second boat price is about 9.3 billion dollars, but today’s currency value of the dollar. Many experts believe that this price will be higher. Thus, the U.S. Navy budget estimates that Washington will have spent approximately $ 109 billion on the entire program and 12 new Columbia-class submarines at the end of the ten years.
However, the United States Congress has its questions, according to the American portal USNI News. For example, whether the situation with Covid-19 will not significantly impact plans to develop the program. Meaningful questions that Congress also asks are: how accurate are the costs; whether they will not affect other fleet costs; what the likelihood is that prices will increase and whether there will be no industrial problems, knowing that the United States is currently building Virginia-class submarines.
Moscow is not sleeping either
On the other side of the planet, Russia is also developing its new submarines and missiles to the arm. At the end of last year, we announced a new missile Russian test, which is anti-submarine. The newest Russian frigate “Admiral Kasatonov” has performed the Barents Sea waters tests, as announced by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
So far, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation’s press service does not provide information on the type and model of the missile but only concludes that the test was successful, as part of a series of qualified Russian tests fleet in the area. Military analysts suggest that the Russian missile is an entirely new development of the military-industrial complex. According to a Russian MoD press release, a Russian nuclear submarine strictly monitored the launch, movement of the missile, and the target’s hitting.
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