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Here's the specification of the next generation of British Nuclear Submarines.

Displacement: 7,800 tonnes submerged
Length: 97 m (323 ft)
Beam: 11.3 m (37 ft)
Draught: 10 m (33 ft)

Propulsion: Rolls-Royce PWR 2 reactor, MTU 600 kilowatt diesel generators

Speed: 29 knots (54 km/h) submerged

Range: Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.

Test depth: 300 m

Complement: 98 officers and men (capacity of 109)

Sensors and processing systems:
Thales Underwater Systems Sonar 2076, Atlas Hydrographic DESO 25 depth-finding echosounder, 2 x Thales Optronics CM010 periscopes, Raytheon Systems Ltd Successor IFF system

6 x 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
A combination of up to 38:
Spearfish torpedoes
Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles

Ability to navigate coastal waters of Scotland: None ... s-11605365
What amazes me is that with the large plexi-glass windows they now have in the front of those Subs, the lookout didn't spot the ocean floor coming up to meet him rather sharpish.

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