The Royal Navy of Great Britain described the concepts of future autonomous warships, submarines and aircraft carriers being developed by engineers.
According to the document, the development strategy of the BritishThe Navy over the next 50 years is based on the gradual replacement of existing ships with robotic and unmanned models with increased combat potential. In doing so, they will cause minimal damage to the environment.
One of the presented concepts is an autonomous trimaran warship, propelled by water jet engines.It, like most projects under development, will rely on wireless electricity (collected by solar and wind farms), heat from deep-sea thermal springs, or biofuels from plankton collected while sailing.
The command also announced the developmentsubmarines intended for military missions, supply and reconnaissance. Special attention should be paid to the underwater flagship with a convex hull and a coating of living coral. It will serve as a base for a squadron of several types of robotic underwater drones designed to attack enemy ships, transport boarding teams, intercept enemy drones and torpedoes, reconnaissance and navigation. They will even be able to cling to allied ships to sail further and extend their range.
To provide effective air supportThe British Navy plans to use small air bases with UAVs, which will be located at cloud level, hovering with helium balloons and engines powered by solar panels. Drones placed in them will be able to approach the enemy at hypersonic speed, attacking targets using a railgun and powerful short-range lasers.
In addition, Royal Navy engineersare developing universal replaceable modules that will fit all types of surface ships, which will allow them to be installed on any class of ships, deployed and changed even during a mission.
A few months ago, the Ministry of DefenseThe UK has also invested in the development of new missile systems that will allow them to adapt to the current situation and interact with each other like a swarm.</p>