It will carry two pilots and six passengers, have a depth rating of 328 ft (100 m), a lock-out depth of 98 ft (30 m), and a top speed of 5 knots (6 mph, 9 km/h).
* Lockheed Martin awarded $166m to build the new craft
* Called the Swimmer Delivery Vehicle, can hold six soldiers and two pilots
* Will carry soldiers close to their target and release them underwater
For Special Forces scuba divers, getting into battle can be uncomfortable, often having to travel in open top submersibles.
However, a new 'missile sub' promises to deliver to battle underwater far more easily - and keep them dry when they travel.
Called the Swimmer Delivery Vehicle, it will be built by Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group after winning a US$166 million contract to supply the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with a new class of combat submersibles.
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WNU Editor: My scuba diver friend tells me that this is a definite improvement over current systems.