British diesels so noisy Daring class diesel engine replacements looming so loud, even noisy Russian subs can hear them 100 miles away. FYI the Americans retrofitted their destroyers with port and starboard spare natural gas fired turbines for powering equipment precisely to avoid diesel clanking in quiet moment scenarios.
Poor equipment and botched procurement deals could hinder Britain’s ability to defend itself in the face of a serious military attack, an investigation has found.
Among the flaws found in the nation’s defences were warships that reportedly make so much noise Russian submarines can hear them from a distance of up to 100 miles.
Technical faults have also meant the army’s 54 £1.2bn Watchdog reconnaissance drones – which were announced at the height of the Iraq war in 2005 – have barely entered into service. Britain’s Type 45 destroyers – which have been plagued by engine problems – are “as noisy as hell”, a former director of operational capability for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Rear Admiral Chris Parry told The Sunday Times.
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