Navy’s robot submarine prowl oceans for months

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.

Navy's robot submarine prowl oceans for months

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.”

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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.

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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.

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