The Red Springs-class submarine is a guided-missile submarine based on a modified Flight II Seawolf-class submarine with a plug inserted in order to provide space for 22 missile tubes. Each tube measures 83 inches in diameter and provides space for 7 Tomahawk missiles. This design was chosen in order to minimize the number of penetrations through the hull for Tomahawk missile carriage. The plug measures a total of 100 feet in length, increasing the displacement of the ship by 3502 long tons. The removal of other systems (most notably the 12 cell VLS nest) has reduced the displacement and length, resulting in the characteristics listed.
Despite being ordered in near simultaneity with the first Seawolf-class boats, design delays resulted in a much later commissioning date for all 5 of the boats. The Tian Xia Navy is the only operator of this class.
- Displacement: 12,448 tons (surfaced) 13562 tons submerged
- Length: 483 feet.
- Beam: 40 feet
- Draft: 36 feet
- Speed: 34 knots submerged, 19 knots tactical
- Test depth: about 2400 ft
- Crew: 121 men
- Range: unlimited
- Propulsion: S7W assisted natural circulation reactor, turbo-electric, 36.5MW high temperature superconducting AC motor
- 8 26 inch torpedo tubes, storage for 50 torpedos/missiles, or twice as many mines
- 22 missile tubes
- 154 21" diameter VLS cells
EW & Decoys Edit
- WLY-1 torpedo decoy
- WLQ-4(v)1 ECM system
- BYG-1 battle management
- TB-29A towed sonar array
- BGS-24 active sonar
- BQQ-5 active/passive sonar w/ flank arrays
- Tian Xia Navy as Red Springs-class (SSN-501)
|Name||Number||Commissioning Date||Status||Red Springs||SSN-501||2002||Active|