This Insane Stealth Attack Boat Is Begging to Be Part of the Navy

New details have emerged on the stealthy fast attack craft from Juliet Marine known as the Ghost. This prototype is the only one of its kind (yet!). It looks—and runs—like something out of the next GI Joe flick, according to the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek who recently got a closer look. Eat your heart out, Batboat.

The Ghost is the brainchild of medical tech millionaire Gregory Sancoff, who designed the ship himself and has spent more than $15 million developing and building this initial prototype at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

The ship moves through the water like an ocean-going X-Wing fighter. The 38-foot long main cabin rests atop a pair of 12-foot tall struts which, when moving at speed, prop the cabin above the water like a hydrofoil. What's more, the struts swivel at their base, allowing them to be raised and lowered depending on the water depth. They're sharpened along the leading edge as well to slice through submerged debris (and unsuspecting sealife).

At the other end of each strut, a 62-foot long tube houses a 2,000HP gas turbine engine spinning two front-mounted propellers. These tubes also eject a pocket of air from the front to generate a supercavitation effect that reduces the ship's drag coefficient by a factor of 900.

"It's such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells," Sancoff told Bloomberg Businessweek. This technology has not gone unnoticed by the Pentagon, which has made overtures of purchasing a more refined iteration of the $10 million machines should the current model pass its upcoming speed tests. Between this and the M80 Stiletto, high seas baddies won't stand a chance. [BBW]

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This Deadly Jet Boat Is a Pirate's Worst Nightmare

This Deadly Jet Boat Is a Pirate's Worst Nightmare

Ninjas have been usurped as the number one threat to pirates. The new "Ghost" high-speed attack vessel from Juliet Marine Systems is going to severely f*ck some scallywags up.

The Ghost is designed to move fast in coastal shallows, making it ideal for convoy escort missions and patrolling aquatic flash-points like the Straits of Hormuz. Juliet Marine "has been studying the problem of how to counter swarm attacks for several years" and built the Ghost with the speed, maneuverability, and deadliness needed to combat the threat. While specific figures on the ship's top speed and range are currently unavailable, the Ghost will reportedly employ jet engines and supercavitating technology—extruding veils of air bubbles to reduce drag. It can also lift itself out of the water on its pontoons in order to navigate extremely shallow areas just off-shore.

The Ghost will be no slouch in the weapons department either. Juliet Marine recently announced that it is searching for a weapons integration company to fill the Ghost's concealed weapons bay—located on the ship's underbelly—with "a few thousand pounds" of pirate-killing power, everything from Gatling guns and Mark 48 torpedoes. The bay can also be converted into an additional fuel tank to extend the craft's range or used to refuel other ships at sea.

The bad news is that Ghost is still under development. The good news is that, once complete, it could be made available to private customers. Specifically, Juliet Marine is "discussing with the shipping industry the use of GHOST boats to provide private security patrols for their ships and insurance customers." [DVice - Danger Room - PR Newswire - Juliet Marine Systems]

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