China also making large low-cost robotic submarine drones

China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines according to scientists involved in artificial intelligence (AI) projects. These robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s. The AI-powered subs are expected to be vastly larger than existing torpedo sized robotic underwater drones. Torpedos are about 12 feet (4 meters long). …

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Australia tries to reign in corruption on A$50 billion submarine purchase

Australia has an A$50 billion (USD 38 billion) contract to build 12 submarines with a French company. Australia’s biggest-ever capital project will siphon billions in taxpayer dollars to a foreign entity (DCNS, now the Naval Group) which is embroiled in bribery allegations, construction could stretch to 2050, and no single agency exists to conduct a …

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China’s nuclear aircraft carrier technology will catchup to the US around 2025

The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) briefly put online China’s next aircraft carrier, next submarine and other naval projects. CSIC will make China’s first nuclear-powered carrier. The first is expected to be launched in the late-2020s. The Type 003 will displace between 90,000-100,000 tons and have electromagnetically assisted launch system (EMALS) catapults. The Type 095 …

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Germany Supplying Norway and possibly Italy, Netherlands and Poland with more powerful submarines

Six new German made model Type 212CDs Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines (formerly the 212NG) are slated to deploy to northern Europe by the mid-2020: two more will be added to the German Navy, expanding its submarine fleet to eight boats by 2027, while four will go to Norway by around 2025 to replace its …

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US Navy tests hypersonic missile that will eventually be launched from submarines

The US Navy Strategic Systems Program and the Department of Defense this week tested a conventional (hypersonic) prompt strike capability that could one day be fielded from guided-missile submarines. Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Director Vice Adm. Terry Benedict said on Nov. 2 that “I’m very proud to report that at 0300 on Monday night SSP …

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Details of China’s future navy with hypersonic and laser weapons, new submarines targets Asia-wide dominance

Potential modernization plans of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) were revealed in unprecedented detail by a former rear admiral in a university lecture, perhaps delivered within the last 2-3 years. The admiral, retired Rear Admiral Zhao Dengping, revealed key programs such as: a new medium-size nuclear attack submarine; a small nuclear auxiliary engine for …

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US will not have more $3-5 billion submarines than China has $300 million-$1 billion subs

There are military articles from US policy groups and US Navy leaders that worry about the US submarines and Navy ships getting out numbered by China and Russian submarines and Navy ships. This is the US military industrial complex trying to get even more money. The US has been building submarines that cost about $3 …

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UK submarine modernization program

The UK submarine force is also being modernized. The Royal Navy maintains a fleet of ten nuclear-powered submarines, currently comprised of three types. The four Vanguard Class Strategic Ballistic Missile Submarines are carrying the Trident II D5 intercontinental ballistic missiles. These submarines are set for replacement in ten years, by the Dreadnought class, currently in …

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China’s Navy in the 2020s will have a lot of modern subs, carriers and sea bases

China’s naval modernization effort encompasses a wide array of platform and weapon acquisition programs, including anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), submarines, surface ships, aircraft, and supporting C4ISR (command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) systems. China’s naval modernization effort also includes improvements in maintenance and logistics, doctrine, personnel quality, education …

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Quantum magnetometer arrays for magnetic detection of submarines

On 21 June, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hailed a breakthrough – a major upgrade to a kind of quantum device that measures magnetic fields. Magnetometers have been used to detect submarines since the second world war. They are able to do this because they can measure an anomaly in Earth’s magnetic field – like …

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