The U.S. Navy's Ultimate Weapon: Hypersonic Missiles Fired from a Submarine

November 11, 2017 Topic: Security Region: North America Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: U.S. NavyMilitaryTechnologyHyper SonicMissilesnavysubmarines

The U.S. Navy's Ultimate Weapon: Hypersonic Missiles Fired from a Submarine

But will it ever be deployed? 

DOD has promised the Pacific and European combatant commands that certain hypersonic capabilities will be fielded within the timeframe of fiscal year 2018–22. If the Navy’s sea-based hypersonic missile capabilities are realized, they are likely to be deployed on the four Ohio-class guided-missile submarines, as well as the new Virginia-class attack submarines.

Zachary Keck ( @ZacharyKeck) is a former managing editor of the National Interest .

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