MOTHERSHIP FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
10 Sep 2007 | Ref. 286/2007
BAE Systems has developed a new concept warship, the UXV Combatant, designed to operate in a future battle space dominated by land, sea and air unmanned vehicles.
Using a proven naval hull form to launch, operate and recover large numbers of small unmanned vehicles for extended periods, the UXV plays the role of mother ship - a permanent base and control centre for the futuristic unmanned land, sea and air vehicles before, during and on completion of their missions. The 8000-tonne vessel, an evolution of the multi-role warship, is not expected to enter service until post 2020.
The design provides a cost-effective solution to the evolving challenges facing the modern navy. Features will include:
* Flexible and efficient twin flight decks
* Variable ski jump
* Rotary aviation facilities
* Below-deck hangar
* Smart munitions
The weapons are a future development of the Type 45 combat suite. With the UXV support capability, performing multiple roles combined with an easily adaptable design, which moves the concept of stealth to the next level.
Propulsion options include full integrated electrical propulsion with twin propeller shafts/motors supplied by gas turbine and diesel alternators. Alternatively, cruising power can be supplied by two shafts/motors and diesel alternators with boost power from one gas turbine driving two water jets.
The concept brings together naval technologies developed through collaboration with partners such as Rolls Royce and across BAE Systems business units, as part of a programme of continuous improvement.
http://www.popsci.com/military-aviation-space/article/2008-02/warships-tomorrow"The UXV Combatant Up Close"
Next-generation cannons could fire bursts of 20 rounds in succession—and have the munitions all arrive on target at the same instant.
The foredeck could house superlight vertical-launch missiles, ultra-precise Phalanx missiles (which can shoot down incoming rockets traveling as fast as Mach 3) and cruise missiles.
From a hidden pool in the ships interior, unmanned subs could deploy and return to the craft safely and invisibly.
On deck, electromagnetic catapults could launch unmanned aircraft from adjustable ramps. Radar, sensors and RFID chips could be used to organize the drones.
JohnR said:Any idea about dimensions?
Grey Havoc said:IMHO, if ever this design manages to make it off the design board and into the shipyard, it will probably be as a nuclear powered design.
sealordlawrence said:Grey Havoc said:IMHO, if ever this design manages to make it off the design board and into the shipyard, it will probably be as a nuclear powered design.
Despite the fact that it is a conventionally powered design derived from the conventionally powered Type 45 and designed in the UK which has never built a nuclear powered ship?
sealordlawrence said:Despite the fact that it is a conventionally powered design derived from the conventionally powered Type 45 and designed in the UK which has never built a nuclear powered ship?