US Navy to arm its submarines with 'Blackwing' spy drones
The Navy just lately introduced its plans to deploy an armada of stealthy spy drones from AeroVironment aboard its submarines and UUVs. Particularly, the Navy goes with the small-type “Blackwing” UAV, a 4-pound flyer with a 20 inch wingspan that collapses down to suit right into a three-inch diameter launch tube. It should use its array of electro-optical and infrared sensors in addition to its anti-spoofing GPS functionality to behave because the submersible’s distant eyes and ears.
The Blackwing grew out of a 2013 Joint Capabilities Know-how Demonstration (JCTD) program dubbed, Superior Weapons Enhanced by Submarine UAS towards Cellular targets (AWESUM). It was developed to counter current developments in anti-ship ballistic missile and comparable “anti-entry, space denial (A2AD)” applied sciences by America’s favourite frenemy, China. There is no phrase on particularly when the Blackwings might be deployed, however given China’s current aggressive posturing within the South China Sea — to not point out Russia’s arctic overtures and its revitalized sub fleet — the Navy cannot get these drones quickly sufficient.