posted on Sep, 27 2007 @ 07:59 PM
reply to post by danwild6
If you're thinking about the Lockheed Sea Shadow, quite a lot has come of it, just not in as dramatic a fashion as most people expected...I suppose
that's one of the problems with research prototypes
If you look closely at the DDX (or whatever they've renamed it this month) concepts, you'll see a lot of carry-over from the Sea Shadow's angled
stealth design. Full stealth (like the F-117 or B-2) really isn't an option for major warships...no matter how stealthy you make the hull and
superstructure shape, you're going to need active sensors to allow a warship to do its job (unlike a bomber, which can use passive methods). Also,
(and this is an "IIRC', so feel free to be very skeptical) I think they found that the Sea Shadow could be tracked by essentially tracking its wake,
rather than the ship itself, which made the design trade-offs needed for stealth a lot less attractive. Check out Ben Rich's book "Skunk Works",
since I think that's where I read that.
As to the BAE concept ship, it's an interesting idea. The use of UAVs as a ship's 'main battery' has some very interesting implications. I'm also
intrigued by the hull openings below the flight deck..are those exhausts for the ship's gas-turbine plant? Venting them low like that might reduce IR
signature, but could have an impact on habitability. I'd expect to see a larger VLS on a production ship, and (if I were really being greedy) a
hangar for the ship's helicopters.