A Saab Seaeye systems engineer has created a concept design for a flying fish-styled defence system for the UK’s Royal Navy.
Joined by a team of young engineers and scientists, the Royal Navy tasked Saab’s Ali Roy with imagining the submarines of the future.
The resulting concept had an organic shape and could both fly and swim.
The young British scientists and engineers were gathered together under FutureNest, an offset of UKNEST, a not-for-profit forum that promotes the engineering, science, and technology interests of UK Naval Defence.
The submarine concepts that emerged from the FutureNest group all mimicked living marine lifeforms.
Along with Ali Roy’s flying concept, there was a crewed mothership shaped like a manta ray, unmanned eel-like vessels equipped with sensor pods which dissolve on demand to avoid enemy detection, and fish-shaped torpedoes sent to swarm against enemy targets.
"It's predicted that in 50 years' time there will be more competition between nations to live and work at sea or under it,” explains Commander Peter Pipkin, the Royal Navy's fleet robotics officer. “So it's with this in mind that the Royal Navy is looking at its future role, and how it will be best equipped to protect Britain's interests around the globe.”