The US Armed Forces are planning to create two new types of nuclear warheads of sea basing. This is reported in the draft new US nuclear doctrine, the declassified version of which was published on Friday.
As explained in this document, we are talking about plans to produce a low-power nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). In addition, we have in mind a nuclear-powered sea-launched cruise missile. “… the United States will soon modify a small number of existing SLBM warheads to have a low power option, and in the long term will create a modern nuclear-powered sea-launched cruise missile,” the document says, the text of which was published by the Internet publication Huffington Post.
From the point of view of the Pentagon’s strategists, such a new cruise missile will allow the US to provide a “non-strategic [nuclear] regional presence.” It does not violate the provisions of the Russian-American Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (ASMM), say the drafters of the doctrine.
At the same time, according to them, this rocket will become one of the forms of the US response to the violation of the DRMD, ascribed to Washington by Moscow. “If Russia returns to compliance with the Treaty, cuts its non-strategic nuclear arsenal and corrects other forms of its destabilizing behavior, the United States can reconsider the plans for a [new nuclear] sea-launched cruise missile,” the doctrine reads.
The order for its preparation, the US President Donald Trump gave January 27 last year. The non-secret version of this document is 64 pages long. It is assumed that the doctrine will be officially promulgated in late January or early February.