Shhh ... but, what is this passing us?

treeve
21st January 2008, 00:13
I was sent this ... but, the question is, despite the
impressive picture, what is it, who owns it?
Best Wishes, Raymond

Peter4447
21st January 2008, 00:16
United States Navy

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AncientBrit
21st January 2008, 00:19
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/97565
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/97563
AB

treeve
21st January 2008, 00:33
I see ... it rather looks like a scene in a desert movie ..
how can you creep up on someone when you are leaving a wide trail like that?
Technology is amazing, yes. I will spend some time checking over the website.
Thanks, Raymond

Keltic Star
21st January 2008, 04:26
I see ... it rather looks like a scene in a desert movie ..
how can you creep up on someone when you are leaving a wide trail like that?
Technology is amazing, yes. I will spend some time checking over the website.
Thanks, Raymond

It is hard to mask the wake from daytime aerial surveillance in calm seas but this vulnerability dissipates dependent on sea state. The bigger challenge in the M-Ship design is to mask the rooster tail effect which produces a strong radar return. The water jet propulsions system, besides having way less than perfect efficiency also exhausts above the water line providing the enemy with a fantastic thermal image. For improved stealth, one also has to cool the engine compartments fresh air exhausts.

The M-Ship will have it's place in modern combat craft but mono-hull, higher speed craft can be produced with improved propulsion at about half the cost and around 40% better fuel consumption and it's the bean counters not the admirals who have the final say in procurement.