New UK stealth sub will never have to be refueled

Astute class submarine

The Royal Navy has unveiled its largest and most powerful attack submarine, a month before the over-budget, overdue vessel is due be launched.

Military officials say HMS Astute will be able to circumnavigate the planet without surfacing, and its nuclear reactor is designed to last for the vessel’s 25-year operational life, meaning it will never need to be refueled.

Nearly 40,000 acoustic tiles, designed to mask the submarine’s sonar signature, have still to be attached to the ship’s 97 meter (318 foot) hull, which is 30 percent longer than that of the submarines now in use.

HMS Astute was originally due to enter service in June 2005, but in 2002 the government said the date had been pushed back to 2006. In 2005 the defense ministry said the sub would enter service by 2009.

Source:  Daily Mail

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2 Responses to “New UK stealth sub will never have to be refueled”

  1. jacklynm Says:

    read and reread the article. could not find reason the UK would want

    to spend so much money on Astute , who can circumnavigate the planet

    without surfacing and never need to refuel. what need is this? to prepare

    for World War III???

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