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Offline Trident

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Re: SNLE-3G - next gen French SSBN program
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018, 10:19:17 am »
Good article!

Not sure I'd describe the stern control surfaces as particularly large though, it's merely the aspect ratio (span vs. area) which is markedly different to other designs IMHO. One possible advantage of this configuration is apparent from the beam view drawing: the surfaces probably do not protrude beyond the maximum cross section of the hull - maybe it is intended to be capable of sitting on the sea bed?

Oh, and Columbia class, right ;)

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Re: SNLE-3G - next gen French SSBN program
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2018, 09:02:16 am »
Agreed.

I do wonder why Naval Group seems allergic to all-moving x-rudders though?

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Re: SNLE-3G - next gen French SSBN program
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 01:15:48 pm »
Yes, I've noticed that tendency as well! In this particular instance the low aspect ratio may offer a readily apparent explanation, but that doesn't apply to Barracuda et al.