New Nuclear Cruise Missiles Could Go On Navy’s Stealth Destroyer

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Wed, 02/28/2018

The United States Navy has a new vision for what its high-tech stealth destroyer could do: launching nuclear cruise missiles at extended ranges.

According to the Military Times, the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) includes a long-term strategy that could equip the new USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) stealth destroyer with nuclear cruise missiles. Released earlier this month, the NPR calls for the development of smaller warheads that the Pentagon believes would be seen more “usable” against China, Iran, North Korea, and or even Russia.

>“In support of a strong and credible nuclear deterrent, the United States must…maintain a nuclear force with a diverse, flexible range of nuclear yield and delivery modes that are ready, capable, and credible,” stated the report, which serves as the first updated document the Pentagon has released about its perceived nuclear threats since 2010.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, StratCom, said the Pentagon’s program to develop a new, low-yield nuclear Sea-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) “would not be limited to using ballistic submarines as the sole launch platform, as many assumed when the NPR was endorsed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis earlier this month.”

“It’s important to know that the NPR, when it talks about the Sea-Launched Cruise Missile, does not say ‘Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile,’ ” Hyten said earlier this month at the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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