Boeing is working to build a hefty robot submarine entitled as “Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle” aimed to roam the depths of the ocean for months at a time.
The United State Naval Institute bestow a contract with Boeing says it will be used for “mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare and strike missions.”
The plump Orca undersea design will be 51 feet long and with a diameter of about 8.5 feet, and weigh about 50 tons. It will also be modular, with a “payload system” that can house 2,000 cubic feet of custom equipment.
The Orca will also potentially house some serious weapons with the capability to pack light and heavy weight torpedoes and lay mines or it could stick to sovereign surveillance.