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【核潜艇+AI=?】英国海军在其最先进的机敏级核潜艇装载了一款新型AI系统,并首次使用它练习发射了一枚鱼雷。据称该潜艇的声纳系统可在英吉利海峡监听到纽约港的动态,并能使用红外线与热成像系统收集周围的图像,AI系统的作用在于解读海量声纳、图像数据,让指挥官更好做出决策。

The Artful Astute Class submarine exiting docks prior to the test. It is the first to use this new technology which is now being retrofitted to earlier Astute class submarines.

The nuclear submarine with a BRAIN: Royal Navy fires first torpedo from stealth sub using new AI system

  • Common Combat System acts as the submarine's 'brain' – controlling its 'eyes', 'ears' and 'nervous system'
  • Processes information from submarine sensors to enable crew members to make important command decisions
  • Used during the test to interpret sonar readings and then attack a moving target with a practice weapon

 

The British Navy has fired its first torpedo using a radical new 'brain' fitted to a nuclear submarine.

The Royal Navy's latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, used the Common Combat System for the first time.

It acts as the submarine's 'brain' – controlling its 'eyes', 'ears' and 'nervous system'.

 

Artful, the third in the Astute class family, is the first to use this new technology which is now being retrofitted to earlier Astute class submarines.

Work will soon begin to also retrofit Vanguard class submarines.

Paul Beavis, Combat Systems & Support Director for BAE Systems Submarines, said:

'We worked with partners to design an innovative solution that adapts commercial off-the-shelf products to provide the Royal Navy with a step-change in technology - ensuring greater security and resilience at a significantly reduced cost.

'The new command and control system was integrated ahead of schedule so it was ready for the third submarine, rather than the fourth.

It is proving itself to be highly capable and will be rolled out across the rest of the fleet – equipping the Royal Navy with the best, most advanced technology available.'

 

The new system, provided by VMware, Dell and Aish, processes information from submarine sensors to enable crew members to make important command decisions.

It was used during Artful's torpedo test to interpret sonar readings and then attack a moving target with a practice weapon.

Artful is the latest to be handed over to the Royal Navy, joining her sister submarines, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush.

 

The four remaining submarines are at various stages of construction at our site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Astute can hunt down submarines and ships, but it is also designed to lurk concealed off coasts for covert surveillance and intelligence-gathering.

The traditional periscope has gone, to be replaced by a digital optical mast that can record 360 degrees with a zoom and produce infra-red and thermal imaging.

The video can then be sent on to the rest of the fleet.

Another mast is powerful enough to listen in on mobile-phone conversations far inshore.The Royal Navy and BAE Systems (which is building the vessel) are reticent on the subject, but  can also carry special forces to deploy from the submarine on secret operations using underwater sledges.

Astute can move in quietly, act, then leave, and no one will know she's even been there.

The 97m long, 7,400 tonne nuclear-powered attack submarine has cost taxpayers more than £1billion but, along with its sisters, sets a new standard in weapons load and stealth.

 

Armed with both Spearfish heavy torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles, Artful's design marks a shift away from a Cold War focus on anti-submarine warfare to a concept of 'Maritime Contributions to Joint Operations'.

The Tomahawk cruise missiles she will carry are claimed to have an accuracy of just a few metres over a range of within 1,240 miles, giving Artful the ability to support ground forces anywhere in the world.

More than 39,000 acoustic tiles mask the vessel's sonar signature, meaning she slips through the seas with less noise than a baby dolphin.

Yet her sonar is said to be so powerful it can detect ships leaving harbour in New York City from a listening point below the waters of the English Channel, 3,000 nautical miles away. 


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