dmereifield wrote:Is there any update on the progress of HMS Audacious? How much longer until we get back up to 7 SSN?
benny14 wrote:dmereifield wrote:Is there any update on the progress of HMS Audacious? How much longer until we get back up to 7 SSN?
Sometime this year for Audacious, she is doing trials. Then Trenchant decoms next year and we go back down to 6.
It is going to go up and down each year until 2024 when the 7th Astute is complete. So 6 years until we are fixed at 7 subs again.
Rambo wrote:I'd say that the Astutes are nearer to every 3 years rather than 2. Certainly the first few were but whether this can be sped up a bit with the later builds as the initial problems are ironed out.
jonas wrote:No idea if this programme has been shown previously, even so some may have missed it. Tonight 20th at 2100 on BBC4 "How to build a Nuclear Submrine". The construction of the Astute class.
seaspear wrote:Is there a successor to the Astute class as in the same progression of the Virginia class to the Columbia class with a quieter electric drive without pump jet propulsion inclusion of x shaped stern for increased manoeuvrability
Clive F wrote:Can anyone tell me, if after the 4 SSBN's have been made they made some more but without the "Trident" stuff how much more expensive would they be than new design SSN's? I know there is a lot of "unknowns". Would they be to big?. Could we fit TLAM's in the back? Better accommodation? SBS berths? Just curious, any opinions?
Halidon wrote: [over and beyond] something like a reasonably upgraded repeat of the Astute, there would definitely be a premium to be paid.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:- so just pick up the propulsion innovations, and integrate them to the "as such" good hunter-killer design?
Or would doing so force a change of the hull form... making it a new design?
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