posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 12:14 PM
Previously known as the Future Attack Submarine, the project was renamed the Maritime Underwater Future Capability in early 2001. Instead of
considering what submarine will fill the gap after Astute, the Royal Navy is going back to first principles of defining required capabilities. A suite
of UUVs [unmanned underwater vehicles] will provide a considerable portion of capability needs. Manned submarines are expected to be used for command
and transport roles rather than fighting sea battles. These include robot drones to detect and destroy mines; unmanned intelligence-gathering
underwater vehicles; and remote-controlled underwater missile and torpedo platforms. The weapons could be dropped into operations by aircraft or
Sensor Arrays -
Ultra-Sophisticated all-round sonar coverage achieved through platypus bow sonar and after fin arrays
Directional Waterjet Propulsion Pods -
Ultra-Quiet directable podded water jet propulsion units rotate at the root to provide vectored directional thrust and unparalleled high/low speed
manoeuvrability in conjunction with single lower rudder for stability and steering.
If this is what the Brits are looking into one wonders what works the US is into probably something to do with super-cavitation.
Has anyone got any further information on this or similar projects?