U.S. Navy has been the most powerful naval force in the world since 1943. But that supremacy is being challenged as Russia, and especially China, field ever-more sophisticated systems, including aircraft carriers, quiet submarines and hypersonic weapon.
Navies that don’t evolve are doomed to defeat, and America is no exception. But the U.S. Navy has a plethora of new equipment on the drawing boards, the shipyards and the factories.
Here are five key systems that will give the U.S. Navy an edge well into the 21 st Century.
1. Ford-class aircraft carriers
2. Columbia-class submarine
3. Hypersonic weapon
4. Large Surface Combatant
5. Sixth-generation fighters