Here's a bullet list of features:
- Single mission
- Electric drive
- Virginia anechoic hull treatment
- Virginia Large Aperture Bow Sonar array
- Water jet propulsor
- Dimensions 561 ft x 43 ft - 2 ft longer than Ohio
- Crew of 155 - same as Ohio
The most interesting feature is the focus on single mission. There has been a lot of discussion about using the SSBN(X) as a combination SSGN & SSBN or acting as a Special Forces platform. It appears that none of that will happen. This will be a straight up repeat of the Ohios with modernized equipment.
The next most interesting feature is the crew size which is identical to the Ohio. Given a significantly greater degree of automation in this sub versus the Ohios, this seems odd. I would have thought a reduction in crew size would have been part of the design.
I still don't get the why the sub is the same size (2 feet longer, actually!) as the Ohio when it has 33% fewer missile tubes.
Cost estimates are unchanged from those reported in our previous post. This is a very expensive sub!