SEA LEOPARD | FAST ATTACK SUBMARINE
Length: 82 meters
Width: 8.6 meters
Draft: 15.5 meters
Displacement: 4,250 tons surfaced
The Sea Leopard is a joint project of the New Hayesalian and NW Canadian Governments, and is one of the world's foremost conventional submarines. The Sea Leopard class has a surfaced displacement of 4250 tonnes, a range of 18,000+ nautical miles, around 90 days seagoing endurance, 21 days submerged endurance, a maximum submerged speed of 20+ knots and an average transit speed of 14 knots. The design can be run by a crew of as little as 40 with space for 60 crew bunks. It can also carry 8 additional passengers, be it special forces divers or other specialists.
In terms of armaments the design incorporates eight torpedo tubes with space for 20 torpedo, missile or mine reloads, in addition to a VLS module containing six land attack missiles or other magazine loaded munitions such as submarine-to-air missiles. It is also important to remember that eight weapons can be stored in the torpedo tubes meaning that the submarine can carry up to 28 tube-launched weapons plus an additional six land attack missiles. The design also includes Special Forces support infrastructure including an eight-diver lockout chamber, a dry deck shelter and an internal bay for deploying and recovering UUVs.
The submarine has a relative maturity that stems from its close relation to the Barracuda submarines that are currently in production by a number of reputable shipbuilders, previously built for the Hayesalian Union and allied navies.
The submarine maintains high performance and payload capabilities. The impressive design features include its range, seagoing endurance, submerged endurance and its large hull that gives it significant scope for future upgrades.
The submarine manages a carriage of 34 weapons in addition to a dry deck shelter. The dry deck shelter, when installed, allows the installation of a diver delivery vehicle for amphibious operations. A typical munitions loadout including reloads for a Sea Leopard is as follows:
The submarine is equipped with an internal UUV bay and diver lockout chamber. This provides for the potential retrieval of unused torpedoes or divers, using SAAB-developed UUV systems.
The Sea Leopard is equipped with numerous sensors and combat management systems. These include:
The Sea Leopard is a meritorious system that supports surface assets and intelligence collection missions, and is a strong escort for any New Hayesalian ship.
The sixty crew members aboard the vessel live in relative comfort compared to older boats, as there is no need for "hot-bunking" where crew members share bedding space with everyone down to junior sailors having a dedicated bunk; there is a well-sized galley and messes; and accommodations for male and female sailors.