IS THIS what the Royal Navy’s warships of the future will look like?
This design concept was put together by a team at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park in Southwick to show how a typical surface fleet could look by the year 2050.
The design is part of Startpoint, a new government/industry Maritime Mission Systems initiative to debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London this month.
The sleek ‘dreadnought’ features a raft of futuristic advances and would include a squad of quad-rotor drones for surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance.
It is envisaged the ship would be 155m in length, have a crew of 50 to 100 and be capable of a speed of 50 knots.
Startpoint business development manager Mark Steel said: ‘We wanted to set a challenge to our graduate engineers, stimulate them, and get them thinking about the possible set of Maritime Mission Systems capabilities encompassed within a future platform that is likely to be very different from the warship of today.
It may field high-power pulse weapons such as lasers and railgunsMark Steel
‘It will be much lower manned, is likely to operate with various different types of unmanned systems, and may field high-power pulse weapons such as lasers and railguns.’