posted on Mar, 7 2009 @ 11:27 AM
I don't see the advantage of a 'carrier submarine', frankly. These 'underwater airplanes' don't enjoy any speed advantage over a conventional
hull. I'd also doubt that these winged submarines have the range of a conventional hull, and I can almost promise you that they have an acoustic
signature that's gargantuan compared to a conventional 'body of revolution' hull.
What's the point of building a 'carrier' and 'seaplanes' (I know that's not the best term, but it beats typing out 'winged submersible
vehicles'!) when the seaplanes are no faster than the carrier, shorter ranged than the carrier, and easier to detect (due to noise)? You'd be better
off using a conventional wire-guided / homing torpedo...which has the additional advantages of being a proven technology (technical innovation is a
great thing, but reliability is a better thing), a cheaper technology (due to the lack of R&D cost), a broader-based technology (you don't need
special submarines to carry torpedoes...almost any sub already has them), and (perhaps most importantly in our current casualty-averse environment) a
technology that doesn't put a human 'flight crew' in danger.