Three Astute-class nuclear attack submarines in the build hall together. [1024x688]

Asia will probably reverse engineer this guys, please do not share it!! They currently have reverse engineered it, have not you seen the chinese fighter that is invisible? Ok, it's still a ongoing work in progress. ...

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  • China is going to reverse engineer this guys, please do not share it!!
  • They already have reverse engineered it, haven't you seen the Chinese invisible fighter? Ok, it's still a work in progress.
  • Iran has a fleet of 200 of these already!
  • Christ that's epic. In other news, the B2 one is eerily similar to the tubes and wiring in the gel pods from the Matrix.
  • Northrop Grumman X-47B : The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a demonstration unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) designed for carrier -based operations. Developed by the American defense technology company Northrop Grumman , the X-47 project began as part of DARPA 's J-UCAS program, and is now part of the United States Navy 's Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. The X-47B first flew in 2011, and as of 2014 [update], it is undergoing flight and operational integration testing, having successfully performed a series of land- and carrier-based demonstrations. In August 2014, the US Navy announced that it had integrated the X-47B into carrier operations alongside manned aircraft. Northrop Grumman intends to develop the prototype X-47B into a battlefield-ready aircraft, the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system, which will enter service around 2019. Image i Interesting: Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus | Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator program | Pratt & Whitney F100 Parent commenter can toggle NSFW or delete . Will also delete on comment score of -1 or less. | FAQs | Mods | Magic Words
  • You are right, I submitted that image to /r/militaryporn few days ago. Here is the link:
  • Ah! I Thought the wing tips were a bit sharp and it was a little small! But I couldn't place the delta wing lifting body and exhaust outlets to anything else in memory.
  • I think it's an X-47
  • It is.
  • I can't imagine what it feels like to actually launch one of these things. Like, "that should do - probably floats now". Probably more certain than that, but there must still be a seed of doubt in mind.
  • Well they are sort of meant to sink... A bit...
  • Yeah, but they come back up. Right?
  • Most of the time.
  • Tell that to the Norks.
  • Modern, large submarines aren't launched down slipways anymore. The are launched by the use of a shiplift. It is essentially a dry dock with a platform that raises and lowers. The ship will be moved from the construction building to the shiplift via numerous trolleys, that resemble trucks/bogies on a railroad car. They also move on steel tracks. Once the ship is in place, the dock will lower. Once lowered, they will slowly fill the dry dock, inspecting the ship for leaks as the water level rises. If there is an issue, they can stop filling the drydock if necessary. However, the welds are meticulously inspected. I know that they radiograph the nuclear welds, but I'm not sure about the hull welds. It wouldn't surprise me though. They're critical. Obviously, sea trials are performed to further test the ship, but that's just like the old days.
  • They really do look like whales. Like sperm whales, in particular, with all of the white scars.
  • My uncle works at Vickers in Barrow! Unfortunately, I haven't been to get up there to see an Astute outside since they started building them. I'll try and get some pictures from him if possible.
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