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  Astute class submarine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Astute class submarines are the next generation nuclear attack submarines of the Royal Navy.
Original plans were for seven boats of the Astute class to replace five Swiftsure-class submarines (Sovereign, Superb, Sceptre, Spartan, and Splendid) and the two oldest Trafalgar-class boats (Trafalgar and Turbulent).
It will be the first Royal Navy submarine class to have a bunk for each member of the ship's company, ending the practice of 'hot bunking', whereby two sailors on opposite watches shared the same bunk.
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 Trafalgar class submarine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Trafalgar class submarines are, until the introduction of the Astute class, the Royal Navy's most advanced nuclear fleet submarines (SSNs).
It is an attack submarine and is essentially a refinement of the Swiftsure class, designed six years later than its predecessor.
The Trafalgar class was to be replaced by the Future Attack Submarine (FASM), however this project was effectively cancelled in 2001 and replaced by the Maritime Underwater Future Capability.
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 Submarine -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Large military submarines are generally classified either as attack submarines (designed to operate in the hunter-killer role against enemy shipping, including other submarines) or strategic ballistic-missile submarines, designed to launch attacks on land-based targets from a position of stealth.
Submarines designed for the purpose of attacking merchant ships or other warships are known as "fast attacks", "hunter-killers", "fast boats", or "fleet submarines" (which terms are not synonyms; each is a different design for a different mission).
The names of Royal Navy submarine classes, including ballistic missile submarines, are letter-based; thus, all boats of the Swiftsure class begin with the letter S and the Trafalgars, the letter T. Royal Navy submarines were originally designated alphanumerically, such as HMS A1 of the A-class of 1903 (built by the pioneer designer, John P. Holland).
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 Astute attack submarine
During World War II the submarine service came into its own and since that time boats have become increasingly larger and faster and now the latest name in the long line of famous classes is Astute.
Meanwhile, the study into the Batch 2 Trafalgar class submarines continued and it became apparent that further development of the Trafalgar class was the way forward.
Astute is the biggest and most powerful attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy and, under the Smart Acquisition Programme, is being built roughly one-fifth more quickly than earlier boats.
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 Barrow Built Boats
The D Class, approved by the Admiralty Board in 1906, was designed to overcome, as far as possible, the limitations of the earlier submarine classes.
With this class it appears that the Admiralty finally decided that the submarine deserved the dignity of a name; thus, the pioneer of the class was called Oberon.
The Royal Navy's Astute class submarine is a nuclear powered attack submarine which is to replace the five Swiftsure class submarines launched between 1973 and 1977 and are approaching the end of their operational life.
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 Astute SSN
Invitations to tender for the first 3 submarines of the class were issued in July 1994 with competitive bids received in June 1995.
Astute was laid down at a ceremony attended by Baroness Symons, the Minister for Defence Procurement, and Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh, the First Sea Lord.
Astute will already have a larger torpedo room than Virginia (36 weapons vs. 26) and more horizontal torpedo tubes (6 vs. 4), so the net warloads are about the same (36 vs 38).
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 Submarine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The first Confederate submarine was the long Pioneer which sank a target schooner using a towed mine during tests Lake Pontchartrain but it was not used in It was scuttled after New Orleans was and in 1868 was sold for scrap.
Germany again put submarines to devastating effect the merchant ships of the United Kingdom and the United States in the Second Battle of the Atlantic in World War II Although the U-boats were improved the reason for their success was the introduction mass-attack tactics called a pack (in German Rudel) commonly traveled and fought together.
In 2000 a Russian Oscar II -class submarine (which is the world's largest submarine) the Kursk sank in the Barents Sea when a leak of hydrogen peroxide the forward torpedo room caused a spontaneous of the warhead.
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 GNN - Government News Network
The Astute class will be the most advanced and powerful attack submarines the Royal Navy has ever operated and these boats will play a key part of our defences for decades to come.
HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful are being procured by the Defence Procurement Agency Attack Submarines Integrated Project Team based at Abbey Wood, Bristol.
Astute class submarines will be based at Faslane on the Clyde and will undergo refits at Devonport.
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 Astute Class Submarines (SSNs)
These resurrected names last used for the A Class conventional submarines that first entered service towards the end of the Second World War and it was the first time that a batch of submarines had been ordered together, as in the past nuclear submarines had been ordered singly, on an incremental basis.
The Astute Class submarines will also carry Tomahawk, but at the moment will be unable to fire the new Tactom (tactical tomahawk), currently under development by the Americans, as the current model can only be launched vertically while Astute will launch tomahawk from torpedo tubes.
The first steel for Astute was cut in November 1999 and her keel laying ceremony took place on January 31st 2001, one hundred years after the keel laying of Holland 1, the Royal Navy's first submarine.
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 Astute Class submarine programme firmly on track   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
BAE Systems submarine manufacturing facility at Barrow-in-Furness, the prime contractor for the Astute Class of submarine, is on track to deliver the first of Royal Navy’s advanced nuclear submarines by August 2008.
The Astute programme is now firmly on track and managing director Murray Easton has stated that the aim is to deliver the first of the Astute class submarines by August 2008.
Astute is one of the first nuclear submarines to be designed entirely in a three dimensional computer aided environment and breaks away from the principle that submarine performance should be optimised by designing the smallest boat possible with little regard to cost.
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 History and Development of the Submarine
Victor III was the first class of Russian submarine to be built with this new mentality, armed with torpedoes, subrocs, cruise and supersonic missiles they posed a significant threat to NATO sea power.
Graney class submarines continue its design and are respected as some of the finest submarines in the world.
She was the first submarine to carry a diver lock which allowed a diver to exit to plant electrically-detonated mines on enemy ships.
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 Astute submarine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
HMS Astute (S119) was the second submarine of the Royal Navy was laid down in January 2000 (completion intended 2006) and takes the Royal Navy into its second century of submarine operations.
HMS Astute will displace 7,800 tonnes dived and is 97 metres long, she will have six weapons tubes a massively increased firepower compared to predecessors and will be equipped from day one to operate cruise missiles.
Astute will be one of the most capable submarines anywhere in the world.
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 Naval Technology - SSN Astute Class - Attack Submarine
The performance specification of the Astute is an extension of the performance of the Trafalgar Class Batch 1 fleet of the Royal Navy's Second Submarine Squadron based at Devonport.
The keel for the first-of-class Astute was laid in January 2001; it is planned to be launched in August 2007.
Astute Class submarines are to be fitted with the Royal Navy's new Eddystone Communications band Electronic Support Measures (CESM) system, also to be fitted to the Trafalgar Class submarines.
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 Navy Matters | Astute Class
The Astute's will be an improved and enlarged version of the Trafalgar Class, and were originally intended to replace the remaining Swiftsure Class which were launched between 1973 and 1977 and are now approaching the end of their operational life.
The implications of the Astute project delays for the SSN flotilla are currently being studied by DNRP involving CinC Fleet and WSA with input from the ASM IPT.
In origination, the design and performance of the Astute Class closely relates to that of the earlier Trafalgar Batch 1, but updated tactical weapon systems and the enlarged hull required to accommodate the newer Rolls Royce Pressurised Water Reactor 2 (PWR2) which was originally developed for the Vanguard Class submarines.
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 BAESYSTEMS.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the Astute Class of submarine under a contract worth around £2 billion.
HMS Astute is the first in the new breed of nuclear submarine.
The Prime Contract has the potential for further submarines of the Class and includes weapons upgrade of boats in the previous SandT Classes being undertaken by BAE Systems at Weymouth.
www.baesystems.com /newsroom/2001/310101news3.htm   (486 words)

 Welding Astute-Class Submarines
Current practice for Astute class is to combine series A panels with EN 288, part 3 weld procedure test for Group 3 material.
Throughout Astute, there is an intention to progressively introduce digitized ultrasonics as a replacement for conventional ultrasonics and radiography (i.e., 100% digitized UT would replace 100% conventional UT and 100% radiography).
One design change implemented on Astute class is the designation of pressure-hull-frame web to table welds (excluding containment frames) as partial penetration rather than full penetration, as was previously done.
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 Trafalgar class submarine: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Trafalgar class submarines are, until the introduction of the Astute class (Astute class: more facts about this subject), the Royal Navy's (Royal Navy's: the royal navy of the united kingdom is the "senior service" of the armed services, being...
It is an attack submarine and is essentially a refinement of the Swiftsure (Swiftsure: more facts about this subject) class, designed six years later than its predecessor.
Rather than the seven-bladed propeller (propeller: A mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water) used by the Swiftsures, Trafalgar class submarines use pump-jet (pump-jet: a pump-jet is a marine propulsion system that creates a jet of water for impulse....
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 Navy News - News Desk - News - New submarines will be based on the Clyde   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Astute-class submarine is a development of the current Trafalgar-class boats, but at 7,500 tons displacement when submerged they are around 33 per cent bigger than their predecessors.
– designers found that the old principle of building a submarine as small as possible no longer brought benefits, and there were drawbacks in terms of accessing parts of the boat’s systems.
Because the new philosophy of ‘bigger is better’ has been followed, they will be built 20 per cent faster than the T-boats and their through-life costs will be ten per cent cheaper – partly because their nuclear reactors will not have to be refuelled throughout the boats’ 25-year lifespan.
www.navynews.co.uk /articles/2002/0206/0002062701.asp   (287 words)

 Naval Projects
Unlike previous classes of destroyer, which were primarily to counter deep water threats, the DD 21's primary mission is in providing land attack support for ground forces.
The Sachsen Class (F124) is Germany's Air Defence Frigate being built by ARGE F124, a consortium consisting of Blohm and Voss as the leading yard, Howaldtwerke-Deutsche Werft and Thyssen Nordseewerke.
The Visby Class of stealth corvettes is being built for the Swedish Navy by the Swedish company Kockums (a subsidiary of HDW of Germany).The Visby (K31) was launched in June 2000 and began sea trials in December 2001.
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 Defence Internet | Defence News | Trafalgar-class submarines to stay at Devonport   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Trafalgar-class submarines will continue to be based at Devonport for the remainder of their operational lives as a result of a comprehensive and detailed study published by the Navy Board today, 24 March 06.
As previously announced, the Astute Class submarines will join the Vanguard class in Faslane, Scotland, which will eventually become the sole UK operating base for submarines.
Under current plans, the Royal Naval Submarine School will continue to be located at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall, while training specific to the Astute class will take place in Faslane.
www.mod.uk /DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/EquipmentAndLogistics/TrafalgarclassSubmarinesToStayAtDevonport.htm   (512 words)

 Astute class submarine: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
When completed, the Astute class will comprise the largest nuclear-powered attack submarine (submarine: A submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes) s of the Royal Navy (Royal Navy: the royal navy of the united kingdom is the "senior service" of the armed services, being...
As the Swiftsure-class submarines (Swiftsure-class submarines: more facts about this subject) aged, the Royal Navy began to design their replacements.
The original design called for large submarines designed for blue-water (blue-water: maritime geography is often discussed in terms of four loosely-defined regions: riverine,...
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 VR technology is an Astute choice: News from Virtalis
BAE Systems Submarines, helped by Virtalis, is currently deploying advanced visualisation facilities, this time for the new Astute Class of submarine.
The construction of the Astute Class is a tremendous technical challenge.
John Martin, a consulting engineer at BAE Systems Submarines, explained: 'This was the vision for the use of Virtual Reality when it was decided not to rely on physical prototypes in 1997'.
www.engineeringtalk.com /news/vir/vir126.html   (488 words)

 Future Submarines : Submarine Service : Operations and Support : Royal Navy
HMS Astute is the biggest and most powerful attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy and, under the Smart Acquisition programme, with lower running costs and will have a much smaller ship's company.
Although the Astute will be about 30 per cent larger than the Trafalgar Class this larger hull means that she is much easier to build and maintain.
Construction on the second submarine of the class, HMS Ambush's keel was layed down in October 2003 with the third, HMS Artful's keel layed down in March 2005.
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 Telegraph | Money
The contract to build three Astute submarines for the Royal Navy has severely strained BAE's relationship with the Ministry of Defence.
Since then BAE said that "all milestones on the Astute class submarine programme have been achieved on, or ahead of, schedule".
Mr Easton, who is BAE's managing director of submarines, said: "It is vital that we continue to progress to improve on Astute Design and Build, to deliver to the contract schedules on both Astute and HMS Bulwark as cost-effectively as possible."
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 News/Virtual Reality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The first boat in the Astute class is scheduled for launch in 2004.
Conducted at the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, Scotland and the Royal Navy's new Submarine School at HMS Raleigh in the West Country, the training will be part of the submariner's early qualification process ("SMQ").
Students must able to perform their duties and function as a team as soon as the boat is launched, yet there is no guarantee that the new submariners will have access to an Astute Class submarine prior to their assignment to a particular boat.
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 General Dynamics Corporation WebCenter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The award modifies a contract initially announced in March 2003 and brings the total value of the work to $52.7 million.
Under the contract, Electric Boat will provide the resources required to complete timely, high-quality drawing outputs to support the production program of the Astute-class submarines.
Ninety percent of the work will be performed in Groton; the remainder will be done in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.
www.shareholder.com /gendyn/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=151640   (198 words)

 UK Shipbuilding: a new direction
In 1995 at the launch of HMS Vanguard, the first Trident submarine, at Barrow, the chairman of VSEL made the passing observation that because of declining demand for Royal Navy warships there was not, nor would there be, enough work to go around the existing number of warship yards.
In fact, he stunned his audience with the estimate that there was sufficient work to keep only one yard fully occupied, the VSEL Barrow yard being the only one with the facilities and skills to cover the whole range of navy vessels.
This can be for periods as long as eight years as in the case of the new Astute-class submarine or for the whole life (25 years) in the case of the navy's new hydrographic and oceanographic vessels.
www.global-defence.com /2001/SeaSpart3.html   (1460 words)

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