Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navys proposed FY2013 budget requests 564.9 million for continued research and development work on the Ohio replacement program ORP, a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines SSBNs to replace the Navys current force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs. The Ohio replacement program is also known as the SSBNX program. Under the Navys FY2012 budget, the first Ohio replacement boat was scheduled to be procured in FY2019, and Ohio replacement boats were to enter service on a schedule that would maintain the Navys SSBN force at 12 boats. The Navys proposed FY2013 budget defers the procurement of the first Ohio replacement boat by two years, to FY2021. As a result of this deferment, the Navys SSBN force will drop to 11 or 10 boats for the period FY2029-FY2041. The Navy in 2011 estimated the average procurement cost of boats 2 through 12 in the Ohio replacement program at 5.6 billion each in FY2010 dollars, and is working to reduce that figure to a target of 4.9 billion each in FY2010 dollars. Even with this cost-reduction effort, observers are concerned about the impact the Ohio replacement program will have on the Navys ability to procure other types of ships at desired rates in the 2020s and early 2030s.
- Submarine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies