Vosper Thornycroft is now testing at sea a model of its revolutionary Sea Wraith II stealth warship concept.
Initial trials have taken place of a 5.48m propelled model of Sea Wraith II to test out the seakeeping abilities of the design, Vosper said.
‘This takes our research a step further beyond the computer simulation stage and also beyond the other tests we’ve been carrying out,’ said a Vosper spokesman.
The design’s infra red signature and diesel exhaust emissions have already been tested, said the firm.
The Sea Wraith II design was unveiled at last month’s Royal Navy & British Army Equipment Exhibition. The full size vessel would be a 135m frigate with powerful armament and stealth features including a water mist to mask the ship’s heat signature and reduce its vulnerability to heat-seeking missiles.
Vosper has also won a contract to supply electrical power equipment for the Royal Navy’s new assault ships Albion and Bulwark. This includes 440V main switchboards, plus emergency switchboards, electrical distribution centres and shore supply boxes.