18 May 2010
CLASSIFIED TOP SECRET: UUC LAND ARMY
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DATED VERNIX 32, 1224 EOE
UUC MILITARY BASE AT KOMMAPU
KOMMAPU, JESTRIA, FLAJANIA
From Eltomi 1222, up until a few weeks ago, secret trials have been carried out by the UUC Army in Fonti Bay. These trials have been designed to test the performance, munitions, speed, observability, etc. of the XN-24 Stealth Sub Concept, a very advanced low observable (eye as well as radar/sonar) attack submarine, and have, on the whole, been extremely successful.
The SSC (Stealth Sub Concept) is based on the Leo II-Andromeda Scorpion attack boat, of which versions I, II, and III are known. The Scorpion is equipped with some very complicated machinery in order to resemble a mundane Sunfish fishing boat in normal use, but can remove the camouflage with ease in order to become an advanced WIGEV (wing-in-ground-effect) hovering vehicle, equipped with plasma guns and light rocket launchers. However, the expense and weight of mechanically removable camouflage has been replaced by a submarine, lying low in the water, but with a dummy fishing boat situated just aft of the cockpit.
The fishing boat used for the SSC’s disguise is fully detachable, and can be detached from the cockpit, as it is actually made out of wood, and equipped with a cloth sail. This is so that if an enemy vehicle grows suspicious and fires on the fishing boat, it will show the normal effects of being hit by enemy fire, splintering and sinking into the water. When the submarine is underwater, it can be discarded (it is easily replaceable), towed (3600 ft of cable on board) or kept attached (at the price of low maximum depth and compromised stealth). Beneath it is a low-observable submarine equipped with heavy torpedo launchers and underwater plasma cannons.
The SSC is not only designed for low radar observability. There is the very obvious fishing-boat decoy, and then the walls and wings of the sub are sea-blue, to blend in with the water. The wing skins are dielectric with the body carefully shaped. However, other parts of it are completely unrelated to stealth, such as a powerful rear turbine and two engines lying on either wing. The wings are a rather ingenious design that consist of toughened elastic polymer stretched over a nitinol skeleton. This skeleton can be re-shaped to a lifting wing or inverted wing, whether diving or rising is required. This eliminates the need for ballast. Also, carried internally, there are torpedoes in six bays, on rotary launchers. Up to 18 torpedoes can be carried by the submarine. There are also repeating plasma cannons hidden inside of the engine nacelles, popping up on hydraulic rams when stealth can be abandoned, and the pointed nose is reinforced for ramming if necessary.
The maximum speed of the SSC is 83 knots or 95 miles per hour, however, this is ramming speed and can only be sustained for a few seconds. Normal cruising speed is 70 mph, or 61 knots. Torpedoes, using the patented “water ramjet” design, can travel at up to Mach O.8, or 529 knots. This is too fast for any manned boat to avoid. The SSC has a turn radius of 20.5 feet for 180deg.
The SSC was designed, primarily, by Kiclon Battleships aircraft design expert Kaman Laorpp. He designed this submarine like a plane instead of a boat, a new and unusual, but effective, tactic.
XN-24 Stealth Sub Concept
Empty weight: 10.3 tons
Max weight: 11.8 tons
Top speed: 95 mph, 83 knots
Crew: 5 (pilot, navigator, engineer, two passengers) Toilet, galley, and bunks located in midsection
Armament: 18 RennVa MRQ-12 Advanced Ram Propulsion shaped-charge warhead torpedoes, 2 RennVa C4/b repeating plasma cannons, mount for heavy plasma rifles on fishing boat nose
Range: 1020 miles underwater (rebreather, hydrogen power) Theoretical range: As long as food supplies can hold out or be produced
Underwater max depth: 3500 ft for up to 4 hrs, normal depth 2300 ft
Projected missions: Interception of small, lightly armed watercraft, attack on small heavy watercraft, and can also be used to sink large battleships and hovercraft at their moorings.