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Originally posted by blue cell
I'm curious were you got this info, because to me it looks more like an American design rather than a French one. It looks like a quality job unlike what the French are making right now, right now the French want to build their ships to the commercial standard rather than the military standard. Which is a lot cheaper but not as advanced as the US is used to building their ships.
Originally posted by craigandrew
Germany France Spain and Sweden all have stealthish ships in service, under construction and on the drawing board......It is like everything an evolution.
Malaysia has just taken delivery of several German built MEKO A200 Stealth Corvettes. They have three in service, three ordered and may build 21 more for service in amongst the island chains of the region.
Kokkums site, promoting all thier products including the Visbies explains it like this.
Thier Visby has one third the radar cross section (RCS) of any current warship, has state of the art sensors and weapons outfit, and her shape and her paint job render her difficult to see.
Theoretically, up against a non stealthy ship she can close nearer before firing ASMs and is three times more likely to survive an engagement than an opponent.
The RN was trialling a Trimaran hull called the MV Triton. She is about one third to quarter the size of any proposed ship based on her hull form. If her trials were successful (and the USN was involved in these) then she may form the basis of the Type ?? class Frigate (less likely with the UK defence cuts.
An artists concept shows a long warship, with key machinery and systems (such as powerplant and CIC) in the hullspace between the outriggers. She would incorporate stealth and automation, and vent exhausts under the deck between the outriggers thus cutting the IR signature. The wide deck space allow the operation of up two Merlin class ASW helos or a number of rotary UAVs. There is also space for a variety of weapons systems including ASW, Ash, CIWS, Guns.
If built to the artist concepts they would be drop dead georgeous ships with a top speed of 40-50knots and comparable range to todays frigates.
But I dont know if thats still the plan.
Originally posted by blue cell
Dude think you can give me more websites to visit?
Originally posted by CyberianHusky
Don't forget about the Swedish Skjold. They certainly seem to be working on this technology.
Originally posted by xmotex
I believe the USN has leased a Skjold from the Norwegians as well, to collect data for use in the LCS program. There is also an Australian fast amphibious stealth catamaran being tested by the USN I believe. I will try to post more detailed information tomorrow, I have pictures of the beast somewhere.
[edit on 7/20/05 by xmotex]
Originally posted by Clownface
A patrolboat takes 5-12 minutes to hide with the onboard nets. And that was with the old only visual-only nets that tended to get stuck EVERYWHERE. I swear I saw it snag on a smooth surface..
I would just like to point out that the Skjold class fast attack craft is a Norwegian design and is being built in Mandal , Norway.