DARPA christens its anti-submarine drone ship 'Sea Hunter'

DARPA christens its anti-submarine drone ship 'Sea Hunter'

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Steady Path Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) has a model new and fewer tongue twisty identify: Sea Hunter. The company made the announcement on the drone ship’s christening in Portland, following a collection of velocity checks carried out these previous few days. Now that DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar is completed smashing a bottle over its bow, it is prepared to start a battery of checks to be held inside the subsequent two years. The army has to ensure the 132-foot self-driving ship can evade different marine vessels utilizing its radar and cameras, amongst different issues, earlier than it might formally deploy it.

Sea Hunter has the potential to hunt stealthy overseas submarines — China’s and Russia’s navies each have huge submarine fleets — and comply with them for 2 to 3 months at a time. Deputy US Protection Secretary Robert Work clarified to Reuters in the course of the occasion, although, that the drone does not have weapons. If the army decides equip it with any, Work stated the choice to make use of them can be made by human personnel. We’re guessing they’d be managed remotely, because the ship wasn’t designed to deal with a crew on board. The ship is slated to start out its open-ocean checks this summer time off the California coast.

DARPA subsequent-era unmanned floor vessel being christened this morning in Portland. pic.twitter.com/GW8nLszPJF

— DARPA (@DARPA) April 7, 2016

Supply: Reuters, DARPA
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