Britain now boasts to possess the world’s best and high tech submarine: Astute that sets on trials off the coast of Scotland. This submarine comes out after the herculean task and hi-tech engineering of more than 15 years that were marked with...
Britain now boasts to possess the world’s best and high tech submarine: Astute that sets on trials off the coast of Scotland. This submarine comes out after the herculean task and hi-tech engineering of more than 15 years that were marked with overspends and delays. Nevertheless, what an astonishing creation finally it comes out to be.
Astute can unstoppably lurk in the sea for her entire 25-year lifespan, generates her own oxygen and fresh water from the surrounding sea, never has to refuel and the only reason for it to come on petrol after 90 days is to fill the food stock and help preserve the sanity of the crew.
What makes Astute world’s most technologically advanced submarine are the following:
• Its highly advanced Sonar 2076 system which is superior to its US counter part is capable of detecting the QE2 leaving New York all the way from the English Channel.
• Astute has more than just a maritime role and is also equipped with land attack capability.
• It has the range of 1,000 nautical miles which is more that enough to target 96 % of the planet’s populated areas from the sea.
• Astute’s Capacity to carry 38 warheads – heavyweight Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.
• The sub can project into theatre at 500 miles a day without anybody knowing about it.
On the top of this, the stealthiest Royal Navy submarine which is powered by a nuclear power station is 97m long and weighs 7,400 tonnes. It can change its load at the flick of a button allowing the sub to speed up and down. Other than hunting down submarines and ships, Astute is designed to lurk concealed off coasts for covert surveillance and intelligence-gathering.
This sub has the traditional periscope replaced by a digital optical mast that can record 360 degrees with a zoom and produce infra-red and thermal imaging. The making of this sub cost £1.2bn and is the first of three new subs that are contracted to be built at £3.8bn price tag.