BAE Systems presented a paper at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May, that hopes to provoke thought before decisions on next-generation weapons handling and stowage systems and layouts are taken.
According to the authors, Alan Watson, BAE Systems business development manager, and Steve Richards, a senior engineering manager at the company, one element involves a system of standard pallets for payload stowage, including full-length and half-length options to maximise flexibility and payload.
If future payloads are likely to include use of a range of smaller unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and lightweight torpedoes, consideration should be given to providing dedicated shorter and smaller diameter launch tubes for these systems to reduce submarine acquisition cost and reap benefits of lower signature compared with larger, ubiquitous 21-inch (533 mm) launch tubes, they said.
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