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Will the US Navy's High-Tech Destroyer Be Armed With Nuke Cruise Missiles?


February 28, 2018
By Franz-Stefan Gady

U.S. Strategic Command may seek to deploy low-yield nuclear weapons aboard Zumwalt-class warships, the U.S. Navy’s largest and technologically most advanced class of guided-missile destroyers, according to the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, General John Hyten. As outlined in the recently released Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the Trump administration seeks to expand the role and size of the U.S. low-yield nuclear weapons arsenal by adding two new missiles: a low-yield sea-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and a new sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM), which could be based on surface warships or submarines.
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