In a bid to further tighten security along its coastlines and also engage enemy submarines, the U.S. Navy is set to unleash an army of ‘ghost boats’.
Set to be launched in April following successful trials, the robot boats will go to sea for up to three months at a
time in the hope that they end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines entering American waters undetected.
Darpa director Dr. Arati Prabhakar and deputy director Dr. Steve Walker revealed more about the 132 foot long ship, officially named ‘The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel’.
‘Imagine an unmanned surface vessel following all the laws of the sea on its own,’ Walker told media, ‘and operating with manned surface and unmanned underwater vehicles.’
Continuing, Walker said; “The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time. It will be christened in April in Portland, Oregon, and then begin to demonstrate its long-range capabilities over 18 months in cooperation with the Office of Naval Research and the Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command”.
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