I mentioned earlier that those who sign up with Uncle Sam might eventually have the opportunity play with some really cool toys (if you happen to be in the right department and rank, that is), and here we are with the GHOST stealth watercraft – looking as though this is the amalgamation of an attack helicopter as well as a stealth jet fighter – except that this particular puppy will be evading radars across the seven seas. The GHOST hails from New Hampshire’s Juliet Marine Systems (JMS), where this marine platform was privately developed for possible use by the U.S. Navy, and has been touted to be invisible to enemy ships’ radar. Not only that, it will be faster and more economical compared to current military vessels.
JMS claims that the GHOST is the world’s first super-cavitating watercraft. “Super-cavitating-what?!?” Yes, I had the same reaction, but fret not – Wikipedia is already down for the day, but that does not mean there are no other sources of information on the Internet. Supercavitation means surrounding a particular object with a gas bubble, enabling it to pass through water with as little friction as possible. JMS claims that the “GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water.” Looks like something out of the annals of James Bond!
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