Dreadnought 2050

Depiction of the Dreadnought's stern "garage" illustrating a number of autonomous underwater vehicles. (Graphic courtesy of BMT Defence Services).

Dreadnought 2050 is a project to develop a future surface combatant by Starpoint, a collaboration of companies providing maritime mission system concepts for the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence.  

The trimaran-hulled vessel would be made of advanced composites and graphene will serve as a mothership for a number of unmanned vehicles including UUVs and UAVs.  The ship would ballast down to launch boats and AUVs from a well deck in the stern. The ship's 3D printer will also be capable of manufacturing additional drones.

Royal Navy fleet robotics officer Commander Steve Prest said of the project: "We welcome a project that allows some of Britain's best and brightest young engineers to come up with ideas on what a warship might look like or be equipped with in 2050."

Vertical-launched UAVs depicted on Dreadnought 2050's flight deck. 

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