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Old 10-02-2018, 13:20
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Default The New Seahunter Drone Sub Hunter

I note with interest that the US Navy have been developing and built the new SEAHUNTER drone sub hunter which is in its second year of trials .

It costs 20,000 US dollars a day to run and has a further years development prior to being deployed .......fiction now seems to be fact it seems .

I recall stating a view on the new QE Class carriers using UAV's whilst it was being built which most thought unlikely .......apparently they are old hat now by current US Navy Standards ....how much longer will we be kidding ourselves that we are a force to be recognised in the world theatre ....

Beggars belief when you look at Navel development over the last 60 years
where we are scraping together a flotilla where our friends across the pond are going to Auto rather than manual
132 ft long , does 27 knots , uses radar and cameras cost20m to build[ and has a DARPA footprint]
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What place now for the command "Man our ship and bring her to life" !!!

From an article in the The Drive

The U.S. Navy is now fully in control of the revolutionary Sea Hunter trimaran drone boat and already in the process of acquiring a second example. The service is still exploring just what missions these craft could perform, but the first one could be ready for operational testing by the end of the 2018 in one of a number of different roles, from sub- or mine-hunting to acting as an unmanned, floating communications node.


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Thanks for the update Harry , knew you would be on the ball as always ,looks impressive .....or it will do when we get a picture to illustrate the animal
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Thanks for the update Harry , knew you would be on the ball as always ,looks impressive .....or it will do when we get a picture to illustrate the animal
There's a photo at the beginning of the link and here is one from wiki commons

There is a larger photo here also at wiki commons.


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Old 10-02-2018, 19:58
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What is this Flanagan and Alan

Well gone mate , always one step ahead of me .......or so it would seem .

As an ex sub mariner whats your view on this revelation ....be interested in your views or will I have to wait for Jon [ Blackbat] ?
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As an ex sub mariner whats your view on this revelation
Not me Ivor ... I may have spent several thousands of hours in them, but never was a qualified member of the deeps fraternity.

Methinks lots of reading will be required before offering an opinion.


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I stand corrected Harry , just the past inference of your duties lead me to think you were or had been .

From a Civvy point of view I can see the potential but not its execution as a vessel like this which beggars the question 's

1/ Is the cost of purchase / deployment costs the governing actor ?
2/ The area covered by numbers at this reduced cost defence item
3/ Its hitherto obscure capability performance suite
4/ a combination of all these points .....

As you say Harry the need for tangible facts is the answer which time may reveal , curiously the "Crew" shown in the shots as yet released are confusing
time will tell .......
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Gentlemen: I think a lot of work would be required to turn this into an effective and efficient operating concept. In time, I think the concept will bear fruit.
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I'm sure your right Brian , the concept of the vessel is a tad alarming , but there again what with the deliberate leaning the USN have taken to these ships/ Drones /PERDIX / Locust and others it implies by example a remotely crewed armed force controlled from a Bunker or Citadel /Bastion

This is a game changer since the concept of centralised information started with the information gathered from front line aircraft [F35, Prowler, etc] and transmitted to a "HUB" or central control , which one can see the benefits of and the expediency in which your aggressors can be prosecuted .

From our point of view this side of the pond with our cut backs and diminishing status in the world which like Canada , Australia , and to a similar degree Europe as a whole the "GAP" grows bigger and the ability to aid grows smaller in my opinion for what its worth .

On the other hand the US who funds / develops/ deploys these assets not only has she moved outside of our collective assistance but has become the unique source of supply of the ground breaking technology for which SHE is in the position to dictate the cost / supply of these commodities ......an enviable state of control as to who has what and WHEN

Don't get me wrong , I see that it is the US who through their own efforts has brought this about via their agencies like Darpa / CIA and others its getting to be more and more like the fictional ??? ! STAR WARS syndrome

I apologise for appearing to be bias or disheartened but the fact of the matter is that we appear to be on a mud bank rather than a tributary to the status quo .
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Ivor: The challenge for Europe and the rest of us outside of the USA is to survive without being overwhelmed by the US technical capabilities. The development of niche capabilities to fill technical gaps and shortcomings is available to all. The smarter use of US technology is also available to all. The rest of the world doesn't have to mimic the US or accept its political, social, or related dictates.

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All salient points Brian , and ones we would do well to observe , but the point I was trying to make is that it is the US... that have them... and sell them ......and dictate who has them as they are the ones who developed them .

Furthermore if we cant afford them , or don't have the infrastructure to integrate them into our systems...... they are of little use whilst all the time their systems evolve into more capable defences .......do I make my point .........and if WE were in the same position would we be any different ....I wonder
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