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An arsenal ship is a concept for a floating missile platform intended to have as many as five hundred vertical launch bays for mid-sized missiles, most likely cruise missiles.

Such a ship would be likely be low-profile, stealthy, and double-hulled (i.e. with several hull layers), to provide it a high degree of survivability. The strategy would thus be to move the ship into a theater as fast as possible, combined with either airborne (such as AWACS) or seaborne (such as a Ticonderoga-class cruiser) remote control and guidance. This provides an enormous amount of force projection and would put minimal personnel in danger. The benefits of this are many, but perhaps the most significant is the possible obviation of the need for the standard carrier battle group and associated costs. The Tomahawk suggested for the design has a range in excess of one thousand kilometers.

The estimated cost of these ships is on the order of $500 million each, with another roughly $500 million cost for the armaments, which would include Tomahawk and other cruise missiles.

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