Friday, July 31, 2015

The U.S. Navy SEALs Want A Mini-Sub

Foxtrot Alpha: Is This Semi-Autonomous Mini Submarine The SEALs' Next Super Weapon?

U.S. Navy SEALs have to infiltrate and exfiltrate from some of the most hostile areas on earth, and often times they travel underwater to do so. The Mark 8 SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) has been used in various configurations for decades for this mission, and after previous tries to replace it, a group with an incredible maritime tech pedigree thinks they have the solution.

Meet Proteus, the brainchild of Huntington Ingalls Underwater Solutions Group, Bluefin Robotics and Battelle. This streamlined mini-sub goes far beyond being just another swimmer delivery vehicle, it is a “dual-mode” vehicle that can operate manned or unmanned for a wide array of missions.

WNU Editor: This is something new for the US Navy SEALs .... which surprises me because I thought they have been using mini-subs for years.

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