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The Future of Submarine Warfare The Future of Submarine Warfare

The Future of Submarine Warfare

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When pressed to name the one most powerful piece of military hardware devised, many people might be inclined to name an atomic bomb or nuclear missile.

Truth be told, though, that distinction belongs to the submarine, of which one of the modern nuclear types holds more firepower than was used by all of the armed forces combined during World War Two.

And while submarines have always played a critical role in warfare ever since their invention -- largely because of their developing ability to move and strike without being easily detected -- what role do they have in 21st-century armed conflicts, which seem increasingly focused on using space-based technology that, from a celestial distance, could wind up being how Earthly nations wage war?

A recent report from New Atlas includes a detailed history on the development of the submarine before delving into that question, which begins with the milestone moment that the world's great fleets of submarines, launched around the time of the Cold War, will need to be overhauled and/or replaced over the next couple of decades.

One big change, says New Atlas, will occur in response to technology that detects submarines or submarine activity, some of which "are becoming smarter, more diverse, and more numerous." Because of the ramped-up processing power of computers, lasers and LEDs can be programmed to scan into deep water to see whether certain chemicals or traces from a sub are present.

This, in turn, could give rise to the development of counter-measures, such as the creation of devices "that shoot out barrels filled with active chemicals or compressed air to make loud noises or imitate the sound of machinery," continuing a decades-old game of cat-and-mouse.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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