This New Stealth Ship Is About To Revolutionize The US Navy
Juliet Marine in NH released data on its new radar-evading boat being bought up by the U.S. Navy.
According to a company press release, not only does the
soon-to-be designed 150-foot ship promise to evade radar, it's managed to
perfect super-cavitation. (Supercavitation is the use of cavitation effects to create a bubble of gas inside a liquid large enough to encompass an object traveling through the liquid, greatly reducing the skin friction drag on the object and enabling achievement of very high speeds. Current applications are mainly limited to projectiles or very fast torpedoes, but in principle the technique could be extended to include vehicles.)
Apparently as difficult to achieve as breaking the sound
barrier, super-cavitation wraps the ship's hull in a sheen of gas and
reduces friction 900 times what it would be against the water.
The effect is traditionally achieved when an object
travels so quickly through water that a low-pressure system forms around its
surface, becoming a gaseous layer. Juliet's double-hulled design somehow
manages this effect by generating and surrounding itself in the layer of gas
without the high speeds.
Called the GHOST and capable of speeds of more than 60
mph, the ship is as invisible as it is fast and will be heavily armed.
Able to carry thousands of pounds of ordnance, including
Mark-48 ADCAP torpedoes, the vessel will be capable of sinking nuclear
submarines and large surface vessels.
Juliet Marine says this will make the ships nearly
unstoppable, and specifically suggests they could help keep Iran in check
while securing passage of U.S. oil through the Strait of Hormuz.
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