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HMS Trafalgar Class Submarine
Kit # S243 $11.95 1/350
"HMS Trafalgar was the first of
seven boats of the Royal Navies "T" class nuclear powered attack submarines (SSN)
and the named boat of the class.
They are propelled by a Rolls-Royce pressurized water reactor and auxiliary diesel-electric power.
Trafalgar has a seven bladed propeller, but other boats in the class use a pump-jet propulsion system. low resolution propeller that is much quieter, but heavier, unit.
The hull is covered with anechoic tiles which are designed to absorb sound rather than reflect it, making the boat more difficult to detect with active sonar.
The class has been designed to perform ant-shipping, anti-submarine, surveillance, reconnaissance and land attack warfare missions.
Capable of firing Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles from their five torpedo tubes, they are equipped with Bow, Flank, Intercept and Towed Array Sonar, plus attack and search periscopes.
One of the class was the first Royal Navy submarine to fire a cruise missile during the former Yugoslavia conflict, and also in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The class has a displacement of 5200 tones (dived), Length 85.4m, Beam 9.8m and a top speed in excess of 30 knots (dived)."
More information about the Trafalgar Class at the official Royal Navy website;