The U.S. authorities will concentrate on the further deployment of ballistic missiles with small nuclear charges on submarines.
The U.S. administration intends to abandon the expensive program of developing cruise missiles of a new type and instead concentrate on the further deployment of ballistic missiles with small nuclear charges on submarines. This was reported on Monday by the leading Japanese business newspaper Nikkei, citing sources in the Pentagon.
“The United States already has a variety of nuclear means in order to deter a potential enemy from the limited use of nuclear weapons,” said one of the interlocutors of the publication. He pointed out the high cost of developing new types of cruise missiles, which, in his opinion, has now lost its relevance.
According to another Nikkei source in the Pentagon, the United States intends to continue deploying ballistic missiles with so-called small nuclear charges to deter Russia and China. They are armed with attack submarines of the U.S. Navy, which makes it possible to abandon the development of new cruise missiles with nuclear warheads.
The program for their creation was approved during the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2018. The combat deployment of nuclear cruise missiles of a new type was supposed to be carried out by 2030, the newspaper said. The rejection of this program, according to the sources of the publication, also meets the sentiments of the left wing of the ruling Democratic Party of the United States, whose representatives demand more radical restrictions on spending on nuclear weapons.