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The Astute-class is the latest class of nuclear-powered fleet submarines in service with the British Royal Navy. The class sets a new standard for the Royal Navy in terms of weapons load, communication facilities and stealth. The boats are being constructed by BAE Systems Submarine Solutions at Barrow-in-Furness. The first of the class, HMS Astute, was launched in 2000 and commissioned in 2003, and the second, HMS Ambush, was launched on January 6th 2005, and commissioned on March 1st 2006. The Royal Indian Navy is also building six Astute-class submarines. It is intended to replace the Swiftsure and Vanguard class submarines.

Specifications[]

  • Type:Nuclear Attack Submarine
  • Service Period: 2003-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 376 feet (114.6 meters)
    • Beam: 37 feet (11.28 meters)
    • Draught: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
    • Displacement: 8,200 tonnes (Surfaced); 8,700 tonnes (Submerged)
  • Crew: 98
  • Propulsion: Rolls-Royce PWR 2 reactor, MTU 600 kilowatt diesel generators
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensors and Processing Systems
    • Thales Type 2076 ASDIC
    • Atlas DESO 25 echosounder
    • Thales CM010 optronic masts x 2
    • Raytheon Successor IFF
  • Armament
    • 6 x 21" torpedo tubes (with 38 Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes)
    • 1 x 16-cell VLS (fires Broadsword or Storm Wind missiles)

Unit Run[]

Royal Navy[]

  • HMS Astute (SN 201)
  • HMS Ambush (SN 202)
  • HMS Artful (SN 203)
  • HMS Audacity (SN 204)
  • HMS Anson (SN 205)
  • HMS Agamemnon (SN 206)
  • HMS Ajax (SN 207)
  • HMS Andromeda (SN 208)
  • HMS Agincourt (SN 209)
  • HMS Amethyst (SN 210)
  • HMS Astraea (SN 211)
  • HMS Atlas (SN 212)
  • HMS Amalthea (SN 213)
  • HMS Arethusa (SN 214)
  • HMS Achilles (SN 215)
  • HMS Asgard (SN 216)
  • HMS Aladdin (SN 217)
  • HMS Atlantis (SN 218)
  • HMS Astarte (SN 219)
  • HMS Amphion (SN 220)
  • HMS Auriga (SN 221)
  • HMS Alliance (SN 222)
  • HMS Artemis (SN 223)
  • HMS Austere (SN 224)
  • HMS Agile (SN 225)
  • HMS Admirable (SN 226)
  • HMS Answer (SN 227)
  • HMS Ardent (SN 228)
  • HMS Asperity (SN 229)
  • HMS Aeneas (SN 230)

Royal Indian Navy[]

  • HMIS Kalvari (SN 65) - under construction
  • HMIS Khanderi (SN 66) - under construction
  • HMIS Vela (SN 67) - under construction
  • HMIS Unnamed (SN 68) - under construction
  • HMIS Unnamed (SN 69) - under construction
  • HMIS Unnamed (SN 70) - under construction
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