This is coolbert:
Thanks to the tip from Mish we have the story of Juliet Marine and their novel and apparently one-of-a-kind naval warship using concepts that modern technology only now make for a feasible and do-able naval vessel.
GHOST! A cross of designs that almost confuses? Is it a plane [wing-in-ground], a ship, a hydrofoil, etc., what exactly is it? And apparently uses the concept of super-cavitation in a way not before seen except for glide bombs [German] and torpedoes [Soviet].
See here a gallery of images of the GHOST!
"We have already developed a surface variant of a super cavitating craft and are planning to apply our unique technology in a UUV prototype."
"While the GHOST is a surface vessel, the hydrodynamics of the twin submerged buoyant tubular foils are also a test bed for Juliet Marine's next planned prototype, a long duration UUV"
"The GHOST is a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform."
"Juliet claims that it can develop systems in one third the time and at one third the cost than achieved through usual military procurement procedures. Juliet has developed 'Ghost' which they claim to be the world’s first supercavitating ship. Reportedly Ghost achieves very high speed through hull friction that is 1/900th of conventional surface ships."
GHOST! Supercavitating warship that resembles a plane, a ship, nothing else like it exists anywhere?
Designed to be used in littoral [green] waters close to shore and not pelagic [deep water]. Appears to be designed to for stealth in mind, radar reflecting surface and coating that makes the vessel hard to detect using conventional technologies.
And is seen as a solution, a cheap and dirty remedy to the scourge or piracy. Also from a cost standpoint has a lot of advantage as a weapons system for sale to foreign navies few of which have a pelagic "overseas" and power projection mission [few navies worldwide have such a mission!].
And GHOST is only the start. This company is designing right now, as we speak "a long duration UUV" [unmanned undersea vehicle?] a submarine I would assume, with super-cavitating technology and NO CREW, able to perform the mission of a much large submersible but without any danger to personnel, remotely controlled from afar and with awesome capability!!
GHOST is not only the future, GHOST is now!