Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday February 14, 2016

DARPA Launching 132-Foot Submarine-Hunting Drone

DARPA is launching a giant robot yacht in April dubbed "The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel," which presumably does what that long-ass name insinuates.

ACTUV is built with submarine fighting in mind. "Optimized to robustly track quiet diesel electric submarines," in DARPA’s words. There are lots of ways to hunt submarines, and no particular reason a sub hunter is better without any people on it. But why not make it unmanned? DARPA estimates using an unmanned vessel instead of a similarly-sized manned one will be save an order of magnitude on the cost of daily operation.