Inside the Royal Navy’s new £1billion supersub – HMS Ambush

Deadly Hunter Killer submarine is  capable of hearing a ship leaving port in New York… whilst sat underwater in  the English channel

  • One of the world’s most sophisticated and  powerful nuclear submarines
  • Carries dozens of cruise missiles capable of  hitting targets 1,200 miles away
  • Her sonar can detect vessels moving on the  other side of the ocean
  • Powerful nuclear reactor allows her to  cruise non-stop for 25 years
  • HMS Ambush is so hi-tech the giant submarine  doesn’t even need a periscope
She cost around £1billion to build, has sonar  so sensitive it can hear other vessels 3,000 miles away and carries a giant  payload of 38 deadly Tomahawk cruise missiles.

HMS Ambush, the Royal Navy’s newest nuclear  attack submarine, is one of the most sophisticated and powerful vessels of her  type ever built.

The giant Astute-class sub, which was  launched today, is so hi-tech she doesn’t even need a periscope.

Awesome: HMS Ambush, which was built by BAE Systems, is believed to be the world's most powerful nuclear attack submarine. Her huge weapons payload includes super-accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish torpedoes for fighting other vessels

Awesome: HMS Ambush, which was built by BAE Systems, is  believed to be the world’s most powerful nuclear attack submarine. Her huge  weapons payload includes super-accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish  torpedoes for fighting other vessels

Success: The super hi-tech vessel has undergone rigorous testing ahead of today's launch. Despite her size the sub's 103 crew will be tightly packed, with some sleeping up to eight to a room in bunk bedsSuccess: The super hi-tech vessel has undergone rigorous  testing ahead of today’s launch. Despite her size the sub’s 103 crew will be  tightly packed, with some sleeping up to eight to a room in bunk beds

Enlarge Super sophisticated: A cross-section of the sub shows the complexity of her design and the need to fit as much technology in as possible

Super sophisticated: A cross-section of the sub shows  the complexity of her design and the need to fit as much technology in as  possible

HMS Ambush graphic

Her crew instead using a digital camera  system to see above the surface when she is submerged.

Built by BAE Systems, she has enough nuclear  fuel to carry on cruising for up to 25 years non-stop – giving her huge tactical  flexibility.

Her nuclear reactor is so powerful her range  is only really limited by the need for maintenance and resupply.

 Astute-class submarines are the largest,  most advanced and most powerful in the history of the  Navy, boasting  world-class design, weaponry and versatility.

HMS Ambush can travel over 500 miles in a  day, allowing them to be deployed anywhere in the world within two  weeks.

The vessel is also one of the quietest  sea-going vessels built, capable of sneaking along an enemy coastline to drop  off special forces or tracking a boat for weeks.

Detailed: HMS Ambush was fitted out with her sophisticated technology at Devonshire dock hall in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria. She contains some of the most hi-tech weapons and sonar systems ever created Detailed: HMS Ambush was fitted out with her  sophisticated technology at Devonshire dock hall in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria.  She contains some of the most hi-tech weapons and sonar systems ever created
HMS Ambush: Her powerful nuclear reactor allows her to travel around the world without stopping. She can cruise for up to 500 miles in a dayHMS Ambush: Her powerful nuclear reactor allows her to  travel around the world without stopping. She can cruise for up to 500 miles in  a day

Foreign forces will find it almost  impossible to sneak up undetected by her incredibly powerful sonar  equipment  that can hear halfway around the world.

Her Tomahawk missiles are capable of  hitting  targets up to 1,200 miles away – making her a vital weapon for  Britain’s armed  forces.

The sub’s commander Peter Green, 47, said the  vessel’s capabilities are ‘unparalleled.’

‘This sub is a huge step forward in  underwater operations,’

‘Her listening ability is quite awesome.  She has a sonar system with  the processing power of 2,000 laptop  computers.

Inside: The weapons room of the £1billion sub. Many details of her weapons system remain top secretInside: The weapons room of the £1billion sub. Many  details of her weapons system remain top secret
Feeding the crew: The submarine's kitchen will be staffed by five chefs providing food 24-hours a day for her officers and crewFeeding the crew: The submarine’s kitchen will be  staffed by five chefs providing food 24-hours a day for her officers and  crew
Technology: Leading engineering technician Andrew Gee tests out the sub's steering system in the control roomTechnology: Leading engineering technician Andrew Gee  tests out the sub’s steering system in the control room

‘It is possible this class of submarine is  the most advanced in the world.’

Another Astute Class sub is currently  undergoing sea trials – and could be operational within a year.

Many details of HMS Ambush’s weapons systems  cannot be revealed for security reasons.

Most of her 103-strong crew live in bunk-beds  measuring two metres by one metre, with up to 18 submariners sharing one  room.

After today’s launch HMS Ambush will begin  sea trials before eventually beginning operations.

VIDEO: Watch the ambush dummy weapons test for the 7,400 tonne  submarine!…

 

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