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Originally posted by warpboost
I wonder if any modern subs can carry aircraft? I was thinking something like a AH6 littlebird or another chopper might be able to without too much retrofitting but maybe not?
Northrop Grumman Encapsulation Technology Enables New Submarine Capability
Developed by Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, the so-called Stealthy Affordable Capsule System, or SACS, is a modular encapsulation system that enables "non-marinized" UAVs and weapons to be launched from a submerged submarine. Without such technology, weapons and vehicles must be specifically designed to withstand underwater conditions.
A submarine could deploy UAVs in several different ways, depending on the size of the UAV itself. Some are small enough to be launched out of a submarine's three-inch signal ejector; larger ones could be deployed from the submarine's 21-inch torpedo tubes, Young said
. The OI facilitates more flexible payload interfaces with the water and imposes far fewer constraints on the shape or size of weapons, auxiliary vehicles, and sensors to be deployed from the submarine. The OI supports the launch and recovery of tethered and autonomous vehicles without incurring many of the difficulties of current designs using torpedo tubes. The external volume under the shroud could also contain the necessary support systems for such vehicles. This approach would allow the host submarine to control the vehicle from within the ship without consuming valuable internal space for large cable reels or other support equipment. The OI will also allow the ship to deploy and retrieve a new generation of weapons, countermeasures, and sensors, which can now be developed without the size limitations imposed by torpedo or vertical launch tubes