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Firm Offers the Ghost to Navy as a Versatile Combat Platform
Sea Power ^ | July 28, 2014 | RICHARD R. BURGESS

Posted on 07/29/2014 8:17:16 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

ARLINGTON, Va. — A small company is offering to the Navy a small, high-speed craft that it says can take on some of the missions of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in regional operations.

The Ghost, a small waterplane-area twin-hull (SWATH) craft designed by Juliet Marine Systems Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., has been tested in prototype form at sea and has been demonstrated to potential customers, including the U.S. Navy, said Greg Sancoff, chief executive officer of Juliet Marine. The Ghost is designed to perform anti-surface (ASUW) and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures (MCM), the three intended roles of the LCS.

Juliet Marine has developed various mission suites for the different roles. An ASUW version could be equipped with an electro-optical (EO/IR) sensor, a radar, an M197 20mm rotary cannon and 32 launch tubes for small missiles such as Nemesis, Griffin or the Advanced Precision-Kill Weapon System. The missile exhaust would be expelled downward between the struts of the SWATH hulls, concealing and dissipating the thermal signature of the launch.

An ASW version could be equipped with an EO/IR sensor, radar, sonobuoy launch tubes, a dipping sonar, and aft-firing torpedo tubes for torpedoes. An MCM version could be equipped with a towing boom lowering and raising towed mine-hunting sonars such as a Kline 5000 or the Raytheon AQS-20.

Development of the Ghost began in 2008 and the prototype was completed in early 2010.

The craft’s hulls are based on the supercavitation features of the rocket-propelled anti-ship torpedoes developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The hulls are controlled by 22 computer-controlled underwater control surfaces. At rest, the Ghost sits in the water on its centerline module. At eight knots, the buoyant hulls, made of high-grade marine aluminum, lift the craft and achieve full stability. The prototype is powered by T53-703 turboshaft engines. Sancoff said the company is moving toward using the General Electric T700 turboshaft engine.

The Ghost also is scalable. A version designed to insert special operations forces would be three feet longer to accommodate a team of special operations personnel. A larger version could perform the role of a corvette-size vessel.

The Ghost as currently designed can be partially disassembled for transport on board a C-17 aircraft and reassembled at the delivery point.

Sancoff said the prototype is being tested weekly, and has achieved speeds in excess of 30 knots and will be tested to the 50-knot range.

Sancoff said the Ghost could be a good fit for the world patrol boat market, which he said will be worth $49 million over the next 10 years. He sees as potential customers Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Qatar.

Juliet Marine has been in high-level discussions with a foreign nation interested in 25 Ghosts for potential sale $300 million.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ghost; julietmarine; usn

1 posted on 07/29/2014 8:17:16 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Head-on, looks like a giant water beetle...


2 posted on 07/29/2014 8:19:34 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

What? No lasers?........................


3 posted on 07/29/2014 8:20:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: Red Badger

I’m still waiting for the W.H.A.L.E. like the one in the GI Joe cartoon. It looked like it had enough ordnance.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

5 posted on 07/29/2014 8:32:05 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Good catch


6 posted on 07/29/2014 8:35:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Red Badger
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hickman_sea_sled

Yes Red, it is a pity that old Doc Hickman didn't live to see his ideas finally adopted by the USN.

In the extremely unlikely event that you and I are called to storm some hostile foreign shore in that cute little Kevlar and Carbon Fibre Ski-Doo, is there any chance we could have some TOT from something like maybe the New Jersey before we surf in?

In a previous life I learned that our adversaries may not have seen enough American war movies and often have the unprecedented gall to actually fire upon us! Cheeky bastards, those Worthy Oriental Gentlemen. I say soften'em up a bit before we go in. Please?

7 posted on 07/29/2014 8:37:38 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: Red Badger; sukhoi-30mki

http://www.julietmarine.com/news.htm


8 posted on 07/29/2014 8:42:37 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Good video here:

http://www.julietmarine.com/news.htm

Different vessel, but a good illustration of the benefits of SWATH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg6xyAKJOtE&index=1&list=PL6YOBh6yZDx2Z6UhBF3glgl-aHQQ6w0h2


9 posted on 07/29/2014 8:42:54 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "Our Emperor may have no clothes, but doesn't he have a wonderful tan" - MSM)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Question:Has the US Navy ever developed, or sought to develop a counter measure to the Kirov Class Battle Cruiser?

You can read about it at:
http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/kirov-class-battle-cruiser-the-worlds-largest-surface-1570998551/1571897333/+matthardigree


10 posted on 07/29/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: UCANSEE2

Exactly what I was thinking. Who came first?


11 posted on 07/29/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It is tiny, but, if it works, it might be a good replacement for the LCS - which doesn’t work at all.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 8:44:23 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: BwanaNdege

Put half a dozen of these based off a Quarters/Maintenance/Fueling barge or two off the Horn of Africa.

Arm with Phalanx.

Bye bye, Pirates


13 posted on 07/29/2014 8:45:06 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "Our Emperor may have no clothes, but doesn't he have a wonderful tan" - MSM)
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To: Rich21IE

Yes. It is called an airstrike. Or a SSN.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
What's the sense in giving weapons to the Navy, when they're not allowed to use them?
15 posted on 07/29/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Some nuclear tipped cruise missiles would be very effective in softening things up a bit..................


16 posted on 07/29/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: Rich21IE

The four Iowa class battleships were recommissioned in the 1980s partly as a counter to the Kirovs.


17 posted on 07/29/2014 8:55:54 AM PDT by tanknetter
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18 posted on 07/29/2014 8:56:41 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Rich21IE

The answer to the Kirov is the CVN.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Oh, yeah...you’re one of those guys that think air planes will one day sink ships! We all know that can’t happen!
(snicker)


20 posted on 07/29/2014 9:40:47 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Rich21IE
air planes will one day sink ships

So here's what worries me about that. The Russkis are tooling about in their 11,000-mile-range ancient Bear turboprop bombers, flown by equally ancient (and deaf) pilots), loaded with 500-600-mile range ASM missiles of one funky Russki sort or another.

Say 25 of'em launch 75 missiles at a CVN from 350 miles or more out ... can we take out ALL 75 missiles? Even if we know where the Bears are, can we survive a sneak attack?

Them big flat decks make me very nervous. I remember my days guarding the Fulda Gap ... the Russkis believe that quantity has a quality all its own. Can they just overwhelm our yachts?

21 posted on 07/29/2014 10:06:12 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: Red Badger
What? No lasers?

Actually, it has sharks tied to the hull....with lasers.

22 posted on 07/29/2014 10:24:29 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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20 SS-N-19 “Shipwreck”

Sounds like a fleet killer. Wish she was one of hours instead of Russian.

Question would be how well does the CnC Missle pick the high value targets.

Interesting concept


23 posted on 07/29/2014 10:25:31 AM PDT by Bailee
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To: Rich21IE
...you’re one of those guys that think air planes will one day sink ships!

Yeah. (Shaking head). These guys start to believe in heavier-than-air flight and look where they end up. Some of them even think they're going to take off and land from a ship. And just what, I ask you, are they going to do about the sails, hmm?

The whole ironclad thing is a dead end. I mean, come on, guys, iron sinks, right?

24 posted on 07/29/2014 10:31:27 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Similar
http://www.startrek.com/uploads/assets/db_articles/aee83a969d3ee604f5961a9e884689ba25ca52b0.jpg


25 posted on 07/29/2014 10:45:15 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: sukhoi-30mki
torpedo tubes for torpedoes.

A torpedo tube for torpedoes, what will they think of next?

26 posted on 07/29/2014 10:49:59 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Billthedrill

Which brings to mind a saying of an old submariner friend of mine.
“Ships of War: there’s submarines and everything else is a target”.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 11:16:21 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: NFHale

It’s very disappointing that Sea Power magazine can’t get hullforms right. But when you pull your copy directly from a company press release, you get what you get. Ghost is a trimaran that becomes a catamaran when going fast enough; it is not a SWATH. Look up the T-AGOS 19 class or T-AGOS 23 if you want to know what a real SWATH looks like.


28 posted on 07/29/2014 11:23:48 AM PDT by Pecos (Kakistocracy - killing the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: oh8eleven

They can aim them and yell “PewPew” on the com.


29 posted on 07/29/2014 11:29:07 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Pecos

“...But when you pull your copy directly from a company press release,...”

Happens a lot...


30 posted on 07/30/2014 5:27:26 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Apparently that has become a mandatory course in “journalism” school.


31 posted on 07/30/2014 9:42:32 AM PDT by Pecos (Kakistocracy - killing the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: Pecos

Think it’s more just a case of the journalist being too lazy to do research...


32 posted on 07/30/2014 9:58:31 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

That was my point. I could understand the NYT or WaPo not knowing one ship type from another, but Sea Power is supposedly dedicated to that area of knowledge.


33 posted on 07/31/2014 3:53:59 AM PDT by Pecos (Kakistocracy - killing the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: Pecos

Deadline to get the article out the door?

You know, the old “Just go with we got, and just get it done!” mentality.

That’s probably what happened.


34 posted on 07/31/2014 5:03:31 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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