Astute 1A painting about power
The story behind Astute 1
HMS Astute was launched on 8th June 2007. The submarine is 323 feet long has a beam of 37 feet and a draught of 33 feet. It also weighs 7400 tonnes. She is capable of hitting 29 knots (54 kph) and has a crew of 98. The HMS Astute is nuclear powered, and its power-plant never needs refueling and the limitation for time away from port comes down to the supply of food onboard. Her service life is 25 years.
The HMS Astute is capable of destroying other ships and submarines with torpedos as well as launching her Raytheon Tomahawk Block III land-attack cruise missiles. These missiles utilize high explosive warheads and do not use nuclear warheads. The Tomahawks can fly 2,500 km at 880 kph. This makes the HMS Astute a formidable weapon.
This is the first in a series of photorealist paintings featuring the Astute class.
Photo by Christopher Morgan-Jones.
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