NEWS: The return of the Dreadnoughts to the Royal Navy?

Is this the future Dreadnought? (QinetiQ)

Is this the future Dreadnought? (QinetiQ)

Could this be the dreadnought of the future? The team behind the design concept at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park located in Southwick think it could be just that. The team came up with the design as part of the Startpoint project, a new government/industry Maritime Mission Systems initiative to debut the latest and future naval technologies at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London this month.

Looking more like something out of Star Trek the mean looking ‘dreadnought’ features a wealth of futuristic advances in weaponry, propulsion and crew ergonomics. The vessel is envisioned to include a flight of quad-rotor drones for surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. Tests were carried out last month on the possible uses of miniature UAVs from surface vessels.

It is envisaged the ship would be 155m in length, feature a trimaran hull for stability at high speed and have a crew of less than 100 thanks to increased automation. The bridge of this advanced vessel would be more akin to an office than a ship of war with all traditional control mechanisms removed in place of computer terminals with technology akin to the aviation industry. The vessel would be capable of a speed of around 50knots compared to the Type 45 (Daring-class)’s top speed of just over 30knots. Armament would include an electromagnetic railgun that could hurl missiles and high explosive shells at hypersonic speeds meaning the naval gun will make a triumphant return to the fore. The technology is similar to what the US Navy are using to replace the steam catapult on their aircraft carriers.

QinetiQ believe this is how warships of 2050 will look.


6 responses to “NEWS: The return of the Dreadnoughts to the Royal Navy?

  1. Pingback: NEWS: The return of the Dreadnoughts to the Royal Navy? | Brittius

  2. My great uncle served on dreadnoughts in the First World War – he was in the forward TS of HMS Orion at Jutland. Later he was posted to the new battlecruiser HMS Repulse. I still recall him telling me about how the fire-control systems (which he was very familiar with) actually worked. There can be no question about both the military and the social role played by the big-gun battleships – even from before the dreadnought era – through into the Second World War and beyond. I don’t doubt that a return of the big surface combatant in the 2050s would carry echoes of that age. The problem, as always, would be finding the money for it – and, potentially, a role.

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