posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 10:48 AM
I don’t know why I was thinking about this, but I was and I came up with an idea.
First up, Autonomous subs (UUV’s) must be on the drawing boards, as I see this is easier than UAV’s. Well, if we take the people out of a sub
that opens up a plethora of opportunities.
First up, if we rid ourselves of all the life support on a sub, Id bet you could reduce the size significantly. At least 50% Id wager.
Secondly, without the need for air, food, etc, the sub could remain submerged indefinitely. No humans requiring consumables. Rearming and
maintenance would be it.
But the major “breakthrough” here would be something just not possible with humans at the controls. Without the need for air, there wouldn’t be
any requirement for air spaces. What does this mean? Sonar would be useless detecting a UUV sub if you could remove the airspaces. Why not fill any
cavities with a neutral, non corrosive, non conducting solution or fluid? Sound would pass right through the sub reflecting nothing back!! With the
advent of fusion powered batteries and high output electric motors this thing could operate for years.
Of course new ways of controlling buoyancy would need to be figured out without air ballasts and a 1000 other tech challenges for sure. But the
concept is not too far out to be designed.
So, imagine this: Sleek 100 foot long subs that pack the same firepower as the largest modern subs. Invisible to sonar of any kind and can remain
submerged for a year or longer at a time. Imagine just “camping” these things on the ocean floor just inside international waters near a hostile
country. Just leave them there until the time is right. Then you send out a message to become active and wham! They are on the spot instantly.
What do you think?
Almsot forgot: Depth would not be an issue as the pressure in the sub would be very close to outside the sub. These things could go DEEP.
[edit on 13-6-2005 by skippytjc]