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Sub Wanted

Navy’s Giant New Robot Sub Will Prowl Ocean For Months Autonomously

byJon Christian
2. 17. 19
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The Navy's working on a deadly new ocean hunter.

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The Navy just awarded Boeing a contract to build a giant robot submarine, called the Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle, which it says will prowl the depths of the ocean autonomously for months at a time.

The U.S. Naval Institute says the sub will be used for “mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare and strike missions.”

Extra Large Sub

The chunky Orca design will be 51 feet long and with a diameter of about 8.5 feet, and weigh about 50 tons, according to Popular Mechanics. New Atlas reports that it’ll be diesel-electric.

It’ll also be modular, with a “payload system” that can house 2,000 cubic feet of custom equipment.

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The Orca will also potentially house some serious weapons, PopMech reports, with the ability to pack light and heavyweight torpedoes and lay mines — or it could stick to autonomous reconnaissance.

“This sort of versatility in a single, low-cost package is fairly unheard of in military spending,” PopMech wrote.


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