Let me start with something nice and uncontroversial. Submarines might be obsolete by the middle of the century. It’s possible that advances in artificial intelligence (AI), detection systems and signal processing, combined with swarming autonomous unmanned systems, could make it effectively impossible for submarines to maintain their stealth. To give just one example, quantum detection systems capable of picking up extremely subtle magnetic signals could be deployed on a large number of unmanned surface vessels, all networked together to provide an essential real-time map of the magnetic field over an extended area. (And, shameless plug time, my ASPI paper on quantum technologies should be out in the next week or two.)
Lees verder via het Australian Strategic Policy Institute
The head of the French firm helping to build Australia’s $50 billion fleet of new submarines has admitted it faces a significant battle to find a qualified and experienced local workforce.
Herve Guillou, CEO of French firm Naval Group, told Fairfax Media this week that the firm is practically having to recruit workers “one-by-one”. While there are many young, university-educated people they can train from scratch, older and experienced managers are hard to find. “My worry is always that people confuse education with experience. These are very, very different,” he said. “Finding people with a diploma is not so difficult, finding people with experience and managerial skills is more difficult … It’s nearly a one-by-one exercise.”
Lees verder in de Sydney Morning Herald
Door gebruik te maken van een handzame 3D-scanner kan de Koninklijke Marine sneller reparaties uitvoeren bij schepen. Ook tijdens de reparatie van de privéjacht van prinses Beatrix De Groene Draeck werd zo’n scanner gebruikt.
Het onderhoud van schepen is een erg tijdrovende klus. Veel onderdelen worden speciaal ontworpen voor één schip en zijn daarom moeilijk na te bestellen. Ook zijn tekeningen van de onderdelen regelmatig niet meer terug te vinden.
Lees verder op RTL nieuws