reply to post by BASSPLYR
Good evening Gentlemen, Salutations all around.
Lonestar has it pretty much correct. The arrays have significantly improved over the years and the improvements are coming more rapidly today.
The bow of the 688 class boats was designed around the large spherical array. This necessitated moving the torpedo tubes slightly aft and also canting
them slightly outward. Not a problem with today's systems.
I have seen submarines with six torpedo tubes..horizontal straight through the bow. Also seen four tubes two over two right through the bow as
The sonar on these boats is configured to work around this torpedo arrangement. All this on older boats. Today the tubes work around the sonar
arrangement. Of course there is the addition of the conformal arrays described by Lonestar..along the sides of the hulls. But this does not affect the
location of the torpedo tubes.
Nonetheless..improvements are continually being made on the arrays. This may bode changes in the tube locations once again on different designs.
Seems to me Oxillini posted a site about the new block III arrangement and modifications to the Virginia Class Boats...a new type of array as well as
new arrangement for the VLS missile tubes.
Checking to see if I can find the link.
The block III changes are further down the page. The batch 2 changes at the top of the page.
Note the configuration of the sonar. It is obvious that the sonar is strategically placed for effectiveness both in the older array and the Block III
arrangement. It was similar on the 688 class boats.
THis is also a significant change in the VLS tubes. Much simpler than the complex arrangement in the picture as is currently ..with 12 tubes...12
complex hatch actuators etc etc. This new design is an adaptation of what they are doing on the SSGNs in the Ohio class modifications for VLS Tomahawk
missiles. About time someone came up with this. Keep It Simple Stupid. KISS. A Lot less piping...a lot less complex electrical runs..a lot less hatch
actuators...yada yada yada.
It is very dangerous working under that free flood area...where all the missile tube actuators are located. You'd better know what you are about
and how to check out the safety devices in each tube. Hydraulic systems too. These new hydraulic systems work very very quiet and quick. So you'd
better know what you are about when stepping into or around one of these tubes. Same with torpedo tubes...know what you are about. Same thing with
antennas being raised or lowered in the sail. Safety First!!
Thanks to all for their posts,
[edit on 25-1-2009 by orangetom1999]