HMS Astute is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built - News articles about the HMS Astute

      Home » Military Technology / Videos » HMS Astute is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built - News articles about the HMS Astute
More Military Articles

HMS Astute is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built - News articles about the HMS Astute

More complex than the space shuttle, and able to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing, the 7,400-ton monster is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built.

As long as a football pitch, at 318ft, and as wide as four double- decker buses, HMS Astute is a third longer than any sub which has gone before.

Her nuclear-powered engine will propel her through the water at more than 20 knots, yet the UK's first stealth sub makes less noise than a baby dolphin, making her as good as undetectable by enemy ships.

Astute's sonar is so advanced that if she was lying in the English Channel she would be able to detect ships leaving New York harbour 3,000 nautical miles away (although the details of how she can do this are classified).

The nuclear reactor will never need refuelling, and with an ability to make oxygen and drinking water out of sea water, the sub could stay underwater for its entire 25-year lifespan were it not for the needs of the crew.

Once she goes into operation in 2009, Astute will carry a 98-man crew and stay at sea for 12 weeks on a routine patrol.

She will carry 38 Tomahawk cruise missiles, with a range of 1,240 miles, meaning Astute could attack targets in North Africa with pinpoint accuracy while sitting off the coast of Plymouth. Spearfish torpedoes will also be on board for attacking ships and other subs.

But Astute will not carry nuclear weapons the UK's Trident missiles are launched from the Vanguard class of submarines.

Astute is the first of four vessels to be built by BAE Systems at a total cost of 3.85billion, or 960million each.

She will be joined by HMS Ambush, HMS Artful and HMS Audacious, with an option for a further three subs to come.

 http://www.thisislondon.co....

HMS Astute.jpg - 132.39kb
By netchicken: posted on 13-6-2007

****Original Post by Netchicken
HMS Astute inching out of its construction hanger at 1 meter per minute.

As long as a football pitch, at 318ft, and as wide as four double- decker buses, HMS Astute is a third longer than any sub which has gone before.


*IAF: Operation Bungle :(

Astute-submarine-launch.jpg - 40.55kb
By IAF: posted on 13-6-2007

Its a bit late but finally out in the wild :)

She is four years late and a massive 900million over-budget.

But when the Royal Navy's super-sub HMS Astute finally arrived, she made for an awesome sight.

More complex than the space shuttle, and able to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing, the 7,400-ton monster is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built.

The Duchess of Cornwall cracked a bottle of beer brewed by the sub's crew on her prow to officially name the "boat", in Navy jargon, before she was gingerly wheeled out of her shed at the stately speed of one metre per minute.

The specifications for Britain's biggest submarine make for mind- boggling reading, but it was the sheer size of the black behemoth which made its mark on the 10,000 dockyard workers, schoolchildren, VIPs and Navy personnel invited to the ceremony in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

As long as a football pitch, at 318ft, and as wide as four double- decker buses, HMS Astute is a third longer than any sub which has gone before.

Her nuclear-powered engine will propel her through the water at more than 20 knots, yet the UK's first stealth sub makes less noise than a baby dolphin, making her as good as undetectable by enemy ships.

Astute's sonar is so advanced that if she was lying in the English Channel she would be able to detect ships leaving New York harbour 3,000 nautical miles away (although the details of how she can do this are classified).

The nuclear reactor will never need refuelling, and with an ability to make oxygen and drinking water out of sea water, the sub could stay underwater for its entire 25-year lifespan were it not for the needs of the crew.

Once she goes into operation in 2009, Astute will carry a 98-man crew and stay at sea for 12 weeks on a routine patrol.

She will carry 38 Tomahawk cruise missiles, with a range of 1,240 miles, meaning Astute could attack targets in North Africa with pinpoint accuracy while sitting off the coast of Plymouth.
 http://www.thisislondon.co....

submarine-astute.jpg - 53.73kb
By netchicken: posted on 10-11-2008

HMS Astute is finally launched

The biggest and most powerful attack submarine ever built for the Royal Navy Astute took to the seas this weekend.

Astute set sail from Barrow-in-Furness to start her first set of sea trials and is now heading to her homeport of Faslane on the Clyde in Scotland.

Measuring nearly one hundred metres from bow to stern, Astute is longer than ten London buses. When fully stored, she will displace 7,800 tonnes of sea water, equivalent to 65 blue whales.

The Astute submarine has the latest stealth technology, a world-beating sonar system and is armed with 38 torpedoes and missiles - more than any previous Royal Navy submarine.

She will be able to circumnavigate the entire globe while submerged and advanced nuclear technology means that she will never need to be refuelled.

More pics on the link
From: Royal Navy

hms-astute.jpg - 53.76kb
By netchicken: posted on 18-11-2009

Whoops! It just ran aground.

HMS Astute ran into trouble in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye just after 8am when its rudder apparently became stuck on a shingle bank. The Ministry of Defence has said it was "not a nuclear incident" and there were no injuries reported.

Three support vessels, including the coastguard, at the scene waited for high tide at around 6pm BST before the attempt to free the stricken sub began. HMS Astute was pulled off the shingle by a tug and is now operating under its own power, the Royal Navy said. The vessel will remain in deep water overnight before being assessed tomorrow.

The survey will determine whether it needs assistance to return to its base at Faslane on the Clyde. A defence source has said the submarine's commanding officer could face a court martial as the officer in ultimate charge of the vessel.

Royal Navy experts have launched a detailed investigation, known as a service inquiry, into why the embarrassing incident occurred. Military prosecutors will then consider whether HMS Astute's skipper, Commander Andy Coles, or any of his crew was negligent.

 http://news.sky.com/skynews...

Video here
 http://news.stv.tv/scotland...




astute-runs-aground.jpg - 41.58kb
By netchicken: posted on 23-10-2010

HMS Astute in the news again, this time for all the wrong reasons. There was a shooting on board.

A Royal Navy officer in charge of the weapons on a nuclear-powered submarine was shot dead by a fellow sailor who opened fire with an assault rifle aboard the vessel, Britain's defence ministry said Saturday.

The gunman seriously wounded a second sailor before being tackled by a visiting dignitary and disarmed.

The ministry named the dead man as Lt. Cmdr. Ian Molyneux, 36, the weapons engineering officer on HMS Astute. It said he died Friday when he was shot by another crew member.

The wounded officer was in stable condition in a hospital Saturday, police said.

A junior sailor, identified by British media as 22-year-old Ryan Donovan, is being held on suspicion of murder. Officials say the incident was not related to terrorism, but have not revealed a possible motive for the attack.

Media reports said the shooting occurred during a shift change of armed sentries aboard the submarine. Some suggested the gunman was distressed at having to return to sea after the submarine's recent 46-day tour.

The Astute was on a goodwill visit to the port city of Southampton in southern England when the shooting happened. A city official who was among a group of local dignitaries on a tour of the vessel said he wrestled an assault rifle away from the suspect after the sailor opened fire in the submarine's control room.

City council chief Royston Smith said six shots were fired - two as he grappled with the gunman.
... Quote:
I ran towards him, I pushed him against the wall, we wrestled to take the gun from him.

He fired again, I wrestled again to get the weapon from him. I pushed him to another wall. I wrestled him to the ground and managed to take the weapon away from him, then others came to help to restrain him.


Southampton Mayor Carol Cunio, who also was aboard, said she helped stanch blood flowing from the wounded man, who had been shot below the ribs on his right side. "I reassured him and put my hand on his wound," she said. "I pressed on it and kept talking to him until some help arrived."

The 1 billion pound ($NZ2 billion) vessel is one of Britain's fleet of 11 nuclear-powered submarines. The 328-foot-long (100-metre-long) submarine's short career has been dogged by problems. Originally due to enter service in 2005, it began active duty in 2010, years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget.

In October, the Astute hit rocks and ran aground near the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. It was stuck for several hours until it was towed to safety. The vessel's commander was later removed from his post.

 http://www.stuff.co.nz/worl...
By netchicken: posted on 10-4-2011








HMS Astute is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built - News articles about the HMS Astute | [Login ]
Powered by XMB
Privacy Policy