The allure of supercavitating torpedoes
Alongside directed energy weapons and electromagnetic rail guns, supercavitating torpedoes repeatedly feature at the top of the wish list of must-have capabilities for any self-respecting navy of the future – and it is easy to see why. The allure of a rocket propelled super-weapon capable of delivering a nuclear or conventional warhead at speeds in excess of 200 knots is pretty self-evident, unless, of course, you are the one on the receiving end.
Gerald R Ford: Ready or not?
The US Navy’s Gerald R Ford carrier is suffering from a number of issues which could affect major areas of flight operations, rendering it “not ready for warfare”, according to a Department of Defense memo obtained by Bloomberg News. The $12.9bn Ford may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defence and move munitions, all rather significant problems for a project already two years off schedule, as Claire Apthorp finds out.
Global Defence Technology: Issue 76
In this issue: The UK’s new virtual training capability, how small businesses can secure MoD contracts, benefits of networking radios for dismounted combat, contenders for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle, improving MRO availability with augmented reality tech, and more.
May's top stories: IAI secures $630m deal, Raytheon wins $327.14m contract modification
IAI secures a $630m deal to supply LRSAM systems for Indian Navy vessels, and Raytheon wins a $327.14m contract modification to manufacture AN / SPY-6(V) radars. Naval-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2017.
Global Defence Technology: Issue 75
In this issue: The race for satellite servicing robots in the US, Finland’s defence upgrades, replacing the Royal Navy’s Harpoon missiles, why NATO must adapt to survive, and more.