UK about to launch first Astute submarine

May 8th, 2007  

Topic: UK about to launch first Astute submarine

Under all its covers, Astute is a technological phenomenon. Its nuclear reactor means it'll never need refuelling in the whole of its 25 year life.
Since it makes its own air and water, it can circumnavigate the globe without needing to surface.
And its weapons systems are so accurate that were it positioned in the English Channel, its cruise missiles could pinpoint targets as far away as North Africa.
Indeed, down in the weapons room it looks like a Tomahawk cruise missile is already waiting to be loaded into one of the torpedo tubes.
"It's only a dummy" says the man who's keeping a close eye on us. His job is to stop us photographing anything that might give away some of Astute's secret capabilities.
May 10th, 2007  
Sorry, just something that's bugging me quite a bit:
"Under all its covers, Astute is a technological phenomenon."
Then why is this done by the guy from the business section and not the guy from the technology section?

Other than that, it sounds awesome!!!

June 12th, 2007  
They are pretty amazing things.

The first submarine has now been "launched" (i.e. named Astute by the Duchess of Cornwall), though I understand they are still moving the boat into the water. It's kind of big, and really very well armed indeed.

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