Chinese USV Development Thread


Andy1974

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It is very unlikely the VLS is that long, and it would be very unconventional and unlikely for a USV to be installed with a large diameter and long length VLS for launching hypersonics.


You cannot reasonably speculate about the idea of this USV launching 9m UVLS hypersonic weapons with the current body of evidence, and it is inappropriate to entertain the idea as if it is a viable option right now.
Yes, I got you the first time, I was simply clarifying with TUP. We can still discuss VLS without talking about hypersonics. They are certainly a fair size.
 
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Andy1974

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This is also an eXtra Large USV, with VLS. I guess we don’t know the size but that sensor ball looks tiny. It literally says extra long on the hull.

I am not suggesting it’s hypersonic Blitzo.

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Blitzo

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This is also an eXtra Large USV, with VLS. I guess we don’t know the size but that sensor ball looks tiny. It literally says extra long on the hull.

I am not suggesting it’s hypersonic Blitzo.

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Okay, so seeing as you've raised this as a topic, I will provide some context to yourself and others so that expectations can be appropriately scaled.


Of current USVs that are in "few hundred tons" or "few dozen tons" category, if any VLS are installed, they would overwhelmingly likely be for relatively small weapons.
I'm talking things like Longbow hellfire, CM-501G, or perhaps at most something Tor or RAM/HQ-10 sized.

It is expected in future USVs as they're developed that proper big boy VLS like Mk-41 or UVLS or others will be compatible as integrated fit, but those USVs are likely to be fairly larger, in the "few thousand tons" category.


Unless there is evidence to the contrary, then when one sees a USV that is only a few hundred tons in displacement, then one should not assume they are able to have a VLS capable of accommodating anything bigger than a glorified ATGM or a point defense CIWS SAM at most.
 

lcloo

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Someone please enlighten me on how is the torpedo going to clear the raised bow deck of jari USV. The torpedo launcher seem to be fixed to the deck and not able to turn sideway.

I know Jari is able to launch the torpedo safely but I just can't figure out how.

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by78

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Someone please enlighten me on how is the torpedo going to clear the raised bow deck of jari USV. The torpedo launcher seem to be fixed to the deck and not able to turn sideway.

I know Jari is able to launch the torpedo safely but I just can't figure out how.

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That's not an accurate model. Below are some images of the real thing from good angles. The clearance shouldn't be a problem.

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