shark bait wrote:Might even be a cheaper option in the long run, allowing for more weapons in the ready to fire position
ArmChairCivvy wrote:shark bait wrote:Fully expect it to be a Dreadnought with the trident tubes removed
A fat hunter-killer ?
- aren't they meant to be able to move and manoeuvre fast... which makes for a very different noise generation than with the boomers lazily moving about
Halidon wrote:Is positively pork compared to a 774, but she's quite fast.
Old RN wrote:could speed up the Dreadnought build program and build "Dreadnought" number 4 as an SSN while extending the programe
abc123 wrote:I don't think that Dreadnought-class can be easily converted into a SSN.
Old RN wrote:leave one 4 tube vertical section to allow for VLS
Rambo wrote:the previous one 'Artful' left after around 15 months in the water. I can see the build schedule going back even further. It seems pretty poor that only 3 of the 7 are in service so far.
Gabriele wrote:Well, the front half of it is basically an Astute... gotta be helpful.
serge750 wrote:Are not the trident tubes to long to go in an astute size hull ?
Agreed but I think I would be a bit more ambitious. Maybe build 4 for UK waters and 2 for operations in the Med, forward based in Gibraltar. Also leave an option open for another 2 just in case things heat up in the South Atlantic.Repulse wrote:perhaps a small 3-4 SSK fleet might be a good idea for UK / North Atlantic waters.
It's a juggling act. The T31 budget might stretch to 4 very small SSK's, just. I think for it to be a realistic proposition new money would have to be secured. It really should be as a lack of SSN numbers is one of the biggest problems RN currently has in my opinion.Repulse wrote:Budget would need to be found from somewhere, but perhaps a better spend than the T31e.
Definitely not but I would bring in a partner to try to keep costs under control and invest further in Barrow to make sure they are UK built. Personally I would avoid the French/Germans and go straight to SAAB. The Gotland replacement, the A26, looks like it has lots of potential.Lord Jim wrote:IF we went down the SSK route, and Barrow being occupied with the Dreadnought work, would we go oversea to purchase such vessels also factoring in that we haven't build conventional submarines for how long.
Poiuytrewq wrote:The T31 budget might stretch to 4 very small SSK's
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