Secretary of State Michael Fallon said that the ideas proposed were the most important he had seen.
When the Royal Navy were asked about the biggest technological constraints they faced, they declared that there are two major technological hurdles to overcome.
Firstly, the sea is still the best place on the planet to hide and submarines will continue to be the ultimate stealth weapons of war.
Second, it is still tough to communicate underwater in terms of range and bandwidth. A lot of work is being done on this area, and the RN continues to be world leaders in this research and is looking at the commercial sector to help solve these problems.
The Navy point out that the inventor of the modern submarine, John Philip Holland, was inspired by the Jules Verne science fiction novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” published in 1870. And technology used in Star Trek 30 years ago is now embedded into our phones and watches.
Ali Roy’s contribution was acknowledged by Saab’s director of business development and strategy, Bo Rydell who sent his congratulations and thanks to her for her commitment to the underwater world.