Originally posted by michael1983l
It might be worth noting that the UK has some of the sneakiest nuclear submarines on the planet and they will already be strategically placed in the
event of all out war to out manouvre their opponants.
The Royal Navy is currently constructing six fearsome hunter-killer subs. The huge Astute-class subs - HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Agamemnon, HMS
Ajax, HMS Anson and HMS Audacious - will be the largest and most powerful hunter-killer subs ever operated by the RN - and will be the world's most
Two - HMS Astute and HMS Ambush - have already been completed.
These huge ‘super-subs’ will be able to make oxygen and fresh water from seawater, to keep the 98 crew — it has not yet been decided if this
will include women — alive in time of crisis.
And, despite being 50 per cent bigger than the Swiftsure and Trafalgar subs they will replace, the Ambush class is quieter. Their propellers
will be able to make less noise than a baby dolphin — making them virtually undetectable to enemy vessels allowing them to sneak up on an enemy ship
and blast her out of the water.
More complex than the U.S. Space Shuttles and able to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing, the subs will be 291ft long — the same length
as a football pitch — as wide as four double-decker buses and 12 storeys high. A typical patrol lasts ten weeks, but they could theoretically stay
underwater for their entire 25-year lifespan.
The subs will carry 38 missiles — a mixture of Tomahawk cruise missiles, which have a range of 1,240 miles (they could hit places throughout
Western Europe and North Africa whilst situated in the English Channel), and Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes to target other ships and submarines.
Their nuclear-powered engines will propel them through the water at more than 20 knots, allowing them to travel 500 miles a day.
Each one will be equipped with the world's most powerful sonar, meaning each one, whilst sitting in Portsmouth Harbour, would be able to detect ships
entering and leaving New York Harbour three thousand nautical miles away (the MoD refuse to reveal how the sonars actually work). Each ship will also
be able to eavesdrop on people's mobile phone conversations.
The persicope for each Astute class sub will carry thermal imaging and low-light cameras and will have 360-degree views. The persicopes will need to
break the surface of the water for just six seconds and the images will be relayed to a hi-definition screen in the ops room.
For photos go here:
And here: www.dailymail.co.uk...
edit on 27-11-2011 by Sicksicksick because: (no reason given)