Swedish Saab took the wraps off the Kockums A26 submarine. This new sub is basically undetectable in Ghost mode.
Russian submariners need to be more careful next time they appear near Sweden's coast. The Swedish military will get the most advanced submarine with the new Saab Kockums A26. Extreme stealth is at the heart of the Kockums A26 submarine. The holistic nature of optimized GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) covers all types of signatures to make it almost impossible to spot during silent service.
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Sweden has long experience in designing very silent submarines. In the Kockums A26 submarine, an extremely resilient platform technique incorporating extensive rubber mountings and baffles is used to minimize noise from operating machines and transient noise, as well as absorbing shocks. To further reduce emitted noise, the space between the frames is equipped with acoustic damping plates.
This approach is used in combination with, for example, encapsulated Stirling and diesel engine modules; flexible hoses and compensators; and specifying maximum flow speed in air ducts, minimum bending radius on cables and pipes, and the design of out-board holes and cavities.
“Saab will deliver world-class submarines to Sweden. Our ability to work closely with customers, to meet their needs with modern manufacturing and products, is one of Saab’s greatest skills. Saab is also exploring export opportunities to provide complete submarine systems to a select number of countries, plus subsystems across the wider market,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.
“The A26 will be a unique and high-tech submarine with proven modular design, which gives the platform a high level of availability at a low life-cycle cost. The submarine will have long-endurance submerged performance and excellent maneuverability in all waters. Safety is paramount and A26 will be highly survivable thanks to modern underwater stealth technology and a unique heritage of shock resistant design. It is a privilege to lead this development,” says Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab business area Security and Defense Solutions.
The Kockums A26 modular design features a multi-mission portal that for instance allows commandos to deploy in complete silence.
The Russians still can make surprise visits at Sweden's coast until 2022. In that year Sweden's navy will receive the new Kockums A26.
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