Several open-source budge documents indicate
the US Navy’s is in the process of developing lasers for its Virginia Class attack submarines
Some of these documents which date back to 2011 show that the US Navy wanted laser weapons
fitted to the Virginia Class submarines so that the submarines can take out potential
targets swiftly. This plan by U.S Navy will be one of its most
audacious moves if implemented. Some reports indicates that the laser is already
being tested. Prima facie it looks pointless since lasers
don’t work underwater. But laser weapons attached to the mast will
be able to attack targets that are above the sea level. In this video Defense Updates analyzes the
deployment of laser weapons in Virginia class submarines of the U.S Navy. Let’s get started. This video is sponsored by the free-to-play
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SSN-774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the
United States Navy. Virginia class is designed to replace older
Los Angeles-class submarines, many of which have already been decommissioned. The Virginia class was intended in part as
a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class submarines whose production run was stopped
after just three boats had been completed. The submarines of the Virginia class are designed
for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. Their primary purpose is to take out enemy’s
surface combatants and submarines and the secondary task is to execute land-attack missions. Submarines of this class have a length of
115 m. To give viewers a perspective, the length
is slightly greater than that of a football field. These submarines displace around 7,900 tons
and are acknowledged to be able to move to depths of 240m (800 feet) but allegedly capable
of going down to 490 m (1,600 feet). A single S9G reactor that produces around
30 MW powers Virginia class submarines. The S9G reactor is designed to operate for
33 years without refueling. This enables the submarines of this class
to have a practically unlimited range, limited by only food supplies and maintenance requirements. The reactor produces enough power to propel
the submarines to over 25 knots that is 46 km/hr or 29 mph, though the actual numbers
may be significantly higher. The Virginia class ushered in many technological
advances in submarine construction. It is the first to use photonic sensors instead
of a traditional periscope. The class is equipped with high-resolution
cameras, along with light-intensification and infrared sensors as well as an infrared
laser rangefinder. Starting Block IV, the submarines incorporate
a Large-Aperture Bow (LAB) water-backed array, which replaces the traditional air-backed
spherical array. This is main sonar is one of the most powerful
sonars mounted in any of the submarines in the world. The Virginia class is built through an industrial
arrangement designed to maintain both General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls
Newport News, the only two U.S. shipyards capable of building nuclear-powered submarines. The facilities alternate work on the reactor
plant as well as the final assembly, test, outfit, and delivery. Virginia class has a plethora of weapons. 1. There are Vertical Tubes to carry Tomahawk
Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLBM), unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV). These could also potentially carry non-nuclear
medium-range ballistic missiles. 2. Four 533 mm torpedo tubes for the Mk-48 torpedo. There is a capacity to carry up to 26 Mk-48
torpedoes in the weapon’s chamber. These torpedoes have a range in excess of
50 km or 31 miles and can be used to take out enemy submarines and surface vessels. 3. The boats are able to lay different types
of mines including the MK-60 CAPTOR Encapsulated Torpedo mines. 4. An integral lock-out/lock-in chamber is incorporated
into the hull for special operations. The chamber can host a mini-submarine, such
as Northrop Grumman’s Advanced SEALS Delivery System that can be used to transport special
warfare forces such as Navy SEAL teams. Documents indicate that the High Energy Laser
(HEL) would be of around 300 kilowatts. They could eventually end up to be more powerful,
up to 500 kilowatts. It will be powered by the S9G reactor. As per some reports, the initial prototype
has already been tested using a towed power generator instead. Though the U.S Navy has been tightlipped regarding
this, a laser could have several use-cases. The laser can be used as a last-ditch defense
against drones and anti-submarine helicopters. The current crop of American submarines like
most others doesn’t have any defense against air attack as they spend very little time
on the surface. This is especially true for U.S Navy subs
as they are nuclear powered, and don’t need access to atmospheric oxygen for propulation,
unlike diesel-electric subs which do so by surfacing or using a snorkel. Modern submarines generally depend on their
undersea cover to avoid attack from the air. There are exceptions, for example, Interactive
Defence and Attack System for Submarines (IDAS) is a submarine-launched, lightweight, multi-role,
fiber-optic guided missile system being developed for the German and other partner navies to
take out aerial threats. A system like IDAS is useful when the cover
of a submarine is blown. Viewers may note that modern anti-submarine
aircraft and helicopters have many ways to detect submarines. Laser weapons will have some distinct advantage
over a system like IDAS or guns. The speed of light enables them to hit their
targets almost instantaneously. Laser weapons also don’t need to carry ammunition
like traditional systems and hence they will be able to take out a much larger number of
threats constrained only by the power supply limit of the platform. This is pretty significant aa traditional
systems can run out of ammunition when encountering a large number of incoming threats like a
drone swarm. Also, a platform firing laser will be much
harder to detect than one firing a missile since laser are invisible and there is no
blast associated with it when fired. The laser could also be used to take out small
missile-firing boat likes of which are possessed by North Korea and Iran, expending torpedoes
that are limited in number is not the most effective solution in these scenarios. Laser weapons also could potentially be used
to strike high value tactical coastal targets such as radar stations. U.S President Donald Trump revealed on 19
July 2019 that the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone. As per him, the drone came within 1,000 yards
of the U.S Navy ship and ignored “multiple calls to stand down”. Mr. Trump Speaking at the White House had
said the drone was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew” in the Strait
of Hormuz and was “immediately destroyed.” In December last year, the U.S. Navy has confirmed
that “multiple” small Iranian boats ran alongside the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham
Lincoln and other ships from her strike group as she sailed through. These incidents exhibit the emerging threats
and new challenges of modern warfare. U.S Navy already has 17 Virginia-class attack
submarines. Last year the U.S Navy awarded its largest-ever
shipbuilding contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat. The contract worth $22.2 billion will see
the construction of nine Block V Virginia-class attack submarines. So, the fleet is getting expanded. In the coming days, if these submarines get
laser weapons, it will add a lot of flexibility to the US Navy. Virginia class submarines are considered one
of the best attack subs and the inclusion of laser will give them a unique capability.


  1. How will it perform against hypersonic cruze missels when us don't even have it how can it been tested hahaha just like before when Russia announced about hypersonic missels and USA we can take them out day after 😂 then USA bought iron doom shit, which could not even take out Palestinian home made rockets 😂

  2. Donald Trump is bluffing about American military power like he is bluffing about half a Trillion dollars  injected American falling economy.

     American military power is like sitting ducks in the oceans! 

    Chinese and Russian hypersonic missiles can wipe out those sitting ducks in hours..

    If American Imperialism along with Queen of England attack Iran then China will lose Asian economic pivot and one belt one road with Moscow and London will be vein as without Iran; China will have no Opec American countries to supply them the largest amount of oil to consume on earth!

    So Chinese will have no choices but to retaliate American if they bomb Iran.

    If Britain and France joins with America in South China see dispute then according to military agreements Russia will join with Chinese force!

    And this won't be good for America as China using their Hypersonic Gliders can deliver nuke warheads from Beijing to Washington D.C in less than an hour and no American Mach 10 speed missile defence system can penitrate it. Not even F-35s can intercept those WU-14 and Dong Feng (DF)-17.

    This WU-14 Hypersonic Gliders and Dong Feng (DF)-17 Hypersonic Artifacial Intelligence trajectory  missiles are especially made to destroy air craft carriers and war ships. 

    At this point China is lap ahead than American in air supremacy.  

    Russian new ICBMS (Sarmat and Kinzhal) as well as hypersonic"Zirkkhon" missiles can penitrate American defence. Recently Russia lift off all missile ban from Iran! 

    Iran may have both Chinese or Russian hypersonic missiles with nuke war heads in their mountains. 

    Yet another deception by Cabal to hold on to it's falling economy! And trying to compell China to continue buying American bonds and derivatives to float their falling dollar economy.

    Check the link below how WU-14 will destroy any air craft carrier or ships by US Pentagon Analysis.

  3. Lasers may not work under water but what about a High Powered Sound Pulse weapon? Doesn't the speed of sound increase greatly under water? About 4 to 5 times faster.

  4. I really want to know the seawolf class specs. That sub is kept very classified. The Jimmy carter is said to always be under the polar icecaps ready, waiting for Russia.

  5. I always wondered how aircraft carriers would defend against these modern underwater torpedoes. I have a feeling it's going to do well in space 👌

  6. Who wouldn't want an extra weapons system? The question is best use of the budget. While a submarine with a laser adds something, a laser(s) on a surface ship is potentially a comprehensive game changer, especially in a defensive role. I suggest that the surface ship deployment is the higher priority at this time. The other question is having sufficient power to run the laser. It seems that nuclear power is a good match. There might be some in the US Navy who now regret scrapping their nuclear powered cruisers.


  8. If the laser is scaled up to a megawatt it could intercept ballistic missiles, or even subatmospheric flying hypersonic weapons..
    Have the attack subs patrol the vastness of the Pacific Ocean and in times of crisis they can surface and wait to intercept ballistic (ICBMs and IRBMs) and hypersonic missiles.
    Directed energy weapon is the way of the future.

  9. Directed energy weapon will put all chemical-based weapons out of business and make them obsolete overnight…
    The US Navy needs to produce a next gen. of cruisers and destroyer all nuclear reactor powered so to have adequate energy to power the coming energy directed weapons.

  10. Unless the laser is passed through some manner of telescopic mast or bouy this inclusion seems a bit silly, as otherwise it would require the sub to surface to use it, when in combat would not be something any sub commander would ever want to do

  11. What's the point of arming attack subs with a weapon deployable only when surfaced?
    A sub is a threat only when undetected. Raising its sail in a combat environment only elicits enemy countermeasures.

  12. Lasers? That is great!
    Please send some asap to Afghanistan, may be it can be effective against the Taliban Goat Herders mercilessly spanking American forces for the last 20 years in a quagmire with virtually no end in sight!

  13. Listen, I strongly recommend Americans install flame throwers on all American subs asap.
    The Russians and the Chinese will not have such capabilities and War Prone America will have a huge strategic advantage against them!

  14. Debka reported a few months ago that a US sub was scuttled by a Russian attack submarine off the Alaskan coast. Was that a Virginia Class?

  15. US FORCE IS POWERFULL,but your ljuctice is and leader is the target ofd enemy and now the dummy of your enemy is inside of your organization that why the disistion is very slow because they are barrier of all disision,usa is fall without war,that is the strategy of the enemy,tyhe secret is use your own strategy,the first strategy of the enemy is put secret bussneman in your nation after 20 yrs all of your politics is paid by this secret dummy.

  16. Don't want to crash the party, but before drooling to much over this laser application on the submarine read below section "Process" and notice the text about Focal Length (if needed do some extra quick research about Focal Length). Add to this the visibility index of the air outdoors if it's just a little cloudy or if there is some air pollution. Now you can do your own calculations and start thinking critical 🙂

    Good luck!

  17. Since the entire submarine fleet of the United states's is 100% nuclear powered they have all the power they need to run lasers that's a good idea. No other country in the world has a large nuclear powered submarine fleet that could match that capability. That right there is a capability the Russians and the Chinese cannot match because both countries don't own very many nuclear powered submarines! You're not going to run much of a laser with a diesel electric shore patrol submarine and that's 98% of China's fleet and 90% of Russia's! The submarine fleet of the United States sits at a huge advantage already in every way you can think of over both of our main adversaries combined. Some Ohio class submarines have been repurposed and just one of them is carrying about a hundred and fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles. They are nuclear powered and can go any place for as long as necessary. This right here gives the United States a huge advantage! Our submarines don't even have to surface. The cost to maintain a nuclear-powered submarine and build it is enormous but the benefits really could never be matched buy anything else! The fast attack submarines of the United States are fast lethal and hiding out in the ocean. They can travel very quickly it's amazing how fast they really are underwater with unlimited range! Now that we are adding this capability I could see all kinds of benefits!

  18. There are unique wavelengths of light that do transmit through water, they are mostly in the green & blue regions of the visible light spectrum (the actual wavelengths can very depending upon many factors and are classified by the "Jerlov State" which varies by region, seasonal, or other variables). And while this is simple conjecture it may be that the Navy is developing a point defense laser system for use against incoming torpedoes, yes that would make it an underwater laser… hmmm very interesting???

  19. Another one of your legendary bullshit history lessons. A 10 minute video but we had to sit through 6 minutes of unwanted details of the submarine history. Stick to your headline topic you moron. You must get paid by the minute of your videos. Dead set wanker

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