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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

"The Chinese navy may be putting a new spin on a classic warship: It's looking into the possibility of giving missile-laden arsenal ships submersible properties, enabling them to hide stockpiles of missiles, undetectable to radar, below the ocean surface.

The Chinese are exploring two arsenal-ship versions, according to Popular Science: One is a high-speed surface warship that can submerge at will, while the second is more similar to a traditional submarine.

What could a submersible surface ship do that a conventional submarine can't? It could go really fast on the surface, thanks to a hydroplaning hull, Popular Science reports:

For stealth operations, the arsenal ship would have most of its hull inherently submerged, with only the bridge and a few other parts of the ship above the waterline, reducing the radar cross section. But when traveling with a high-speed naval taskforce, the arsenal ship will sacrifice stealth to use its flat hull bottom to hydroplane at high speeds, cutting across the waves like a speedboat or amphibious armored vehicle…."
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Martin from Canada08 Jun 2018 7:38 a.m. PST

My favorite take on the Arsenal Ship is to disguise (or hide) the missiles in shipping containers.

Imagine a Maersk Triple E-class ship with a pair of SS-N-22 Sunburns in each FEU on the top layer? Did somebody say anime missile spam?

Or if we're willing to throw the Rush-Baggot treaty into the shredder, put a few Trident Missiles in a relatively cheap boat and park it in the Great Lakes. Almost anything worth nuking is withing range.


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