June 8, 2017

June 2017 Donor Report: Kockums’ Submarine Vertical Launch Plug

Close look at the submarine mid-section vertical multi-purpose locks (VMPLs) at IMDEX Asia, Singapore, May 2017.
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Leadin to report:

It was interesting to see photos...of SAAB Kockums’ display of a 3 x vertical multi-purpose lock (VMPL) plug at IMDEX Asia 2017. The plug, perhaps 10m long and weighing 500 tonnes, may be an option on a future A26 derivative... 


...In 2015 Sweden entertained the idea of mounting a large horizontal multi-purpose lock in the torpedo room of future A26s... 

Regards

Peter Coates
Director
Submarine Matters International 

6 comments:

koppen89 said...

A plug like this should also be helpful with extending the endurance of the submarine. A 10m plug without tomahawks that have more fuel instead would make it possible to create an A26 the size of a Walrus-submarine without to much reengineering.

Peter Coates said...

Hi Koppen89

Yes a 10m plug for missiles might also permit space around the sides of the plug for (say) 2,000nm more diesel fuel.

An enlarged, more capable A26 might indeed create interest in the Netherlands (Walrus replacement) and then Saudi Arabia, India then Canada. All 4 countries would have mid-long term future submarine programs which will be hotly contested submarine producers.

Regards

Pete

Anonymous said...

Canada wants to sail its subs until 2040. That's too late for Saab.
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/liberal-sajjan-garneau-defence-policy-1.4149473

Anonymous said...

Hi Pete

These vertical launching systems seem to need massive electricity. Also, personnels for fire fighting are needed.

Regards

Anonymous said...


Hi Pete

Cost of A26 (4.10 B SEK=0.63 B AUS) is nearly same as Japanese counterpart, Soryu-class MKI which is twice bigger than A26 [1] and adopts strongest hull steel.

[1] https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/A26_(ub%C3%A5t)
(General chalacteristics: length 62m, draught 6.75m, displacement 1900 ton, test depth >200m, Stiring system)

Regards

Anonymous said...

A viable alternative to this that is the expandable Kratos stealth UAV which has a combat radius of 1500 miles with a 500lb payload. Its price quote is $2M for volume greater than 100 units. It does not even need a runway to be launched or retrieved. A swarm of these will likely overwhelm any S-400 defense.
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