Fleet Admiral Sir Marikon class
With canceling of the production of Admiral Mirk class, due to design problems that was discovered well trough the sea trail of the 3 ship in class, and with 2 more in production, it was decided to build those two and then redesign and build an improved version of Admiral Mirk class.
The improved version was a stretched version of the Adm. Mirk class, stretched to 145 meters, not the biggest submarine that have ever been in Caledonia Navy service, but close to. The class was named after Fleet Admiral Sir Marikon, one of the last great military leaders from the old days. Fleet Admiral Sir Marikon, Count of Marikon, named Hero of Caledonia in 1528.
The class received a lot of design changes and technology improvements over the previous class. Major design changes was:
- lengthening the hull to give space for improved sonars
- made taller to give space for new SLBM silo
- new sail, with improved flow over it.
- bigger and more powerful powerplant
- improvement to the crew comfort, now every crew member have their own bunk. and female crew have their own area.
- The class also have a dedicated gym, that also double up as a cinema x-amount of times a month.
Major things the Navy also did was going from imported and licens build parts to home developed parts. One of the major things was it's sonars, where AB-tech. developed a new type of sonars that "officially" is described as extremely good and give a realy good coverage. This class also received the new large SLBM silo's capable to carry the new heavy weight in Caledonia arsenal, the Type 18, nicknamed by the crew as "Delete", due to it's firepower.
The new powerplant it received improved the speed capability and acceleration, making the class even more maneuverable. In addition it also gave more power to the various new equipment onboard. This new powerplant was also more silent going then previous class and it's reactor had an passive function for when they need to take the ultra silent to the next level, it could only stay in that mode on the reactors for short time periods and the class need to move at an minimum speed for it to work. During testing of the first submarines, other submarines commanders have said that they have been unable to detect her, so often she had to operate in a quite noisy mode during testing, just so they can get data on the new submarine.
The Navy and the government have classified the bill of the class, they say: "knowing what the class cost, could endanger the country safety!". But media is speculating that the class cost more than $10 billion USD, not including cost of early canceling the previous class. Some experts belive the real cost is closer to $15 billion USD, due to how fast they developed a new design and started building it, in addition to all the new home developed technology. They started building the class after all just 4 years after the previous class.
The class will go directly into Caledonia's nuclear armed fleet, but this time this class can fulfill more roles then before, instead of being just a foot in a single box, it have now it's feets in several boxes. With it's improved speed capability, it can respond faster to threats and it can also match most attack submarines in speed capability, and hopefully become the hunter if there is an absolute need to.
Fleet Admiral Sir Marikon class
Moto: "Delivery in power" "silent stricke"
Cost: classified, rumored to be around $10+ billion USD in 2017 (never confirmed)
In commision: Not yet activated
Cancelled: 0 (due to redesign, pga. technology improvement)
Active: 0 under testing
Displacement: 15.000 tons
Length: 145 meter
Beam: 11,43 meter
Draft (surface): 9,3 meter
Propulsion: Classified PWR nuclear reactor, 1 shaft with what is believed to be an pump-jet
Speed: Classified; but comparing to similar submarines, it is believed to be around 17+ knots surfaced and 30+ knots submerged
Range: Limited only by food
Test depth: Classified, but rumors say that it can go below 900 ft
Complement: 160 (accommodation)
Sensors and processing:
AB-tech. "Advanced" LAB sonar
AB-tech. active/passive sonars
AB-tech. dual function towed sonar
AB-tech. mine and ice warning sonar
AB-tech. 3D radar
AB-tech. improved communication systems and sensors
AB-tech. electronic warfare-systems
Beffers inc. split mast with cameras and optics.
6 x 533 tubes for light and heavy weight torpedo and torpedo decoy
4 x 5 decoy launchers
6 x VLS:
- AB-tech. Mk.8 "Slam" ASuW missiles (cruise-capable)
- AB-tech. Mk.16 "Bubo scandiacus" AAW (short range)
- Large tactical cruise missile "The golden bow"
- Type 18 SLBM "Delete"