US Navy Tests Sea Hunter, Its First Self-Driving Warship

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 8:21am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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US Navy Tests Sea Hunter, its First Self-Driving Warship
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  • US Naval Sea Hunter Drone Warship will Destroy all Enemy Submarines

A US naval drone warship titled Sea Hunter will destroy all enemy submarines if they invade American territorial waters. It is a behemoth and fully equipped to handle the job.

Called the Sea Hunter, the 132 feet long warship is meant to scour the oceans around North America. Thousands of miles will be covered by this drone ship in order to detect and destroy any enemy submarines.

Its sensors will be gauged at sea. Also it has a built-in software that functions in a most befitting manner. When the Sea Hunter starts operations, it will go on solo missions for periods ranging from a month to three months.

There will be no crew on board. It will go from and return to the port unaided. In the beginning, testing of its capabilities took place. It avidly completed a multi-waypoint mission.

The Remote Supervisory Control Station (RSCS) which allows control of the seafaring warship was checked one last time before the mission began.

This RSCS test was the last one before autonomous missions would ensue. The tests and missions will continue through next year. The funding comes via DARPA and the ONR.

Sea Hunter is a leading edge technology that belongs solely to the US. This formidable vessel could really aid and augment the military might of the USA.

Even commercial ships could benefit from the duties imposed on this warship. The vessel can scour the seas for long periods of time without a single person on board.

This is not a small thing. In the past such a state of affairs would have been deemed impossible. Yet today it is possible thanks to cutting edge technology and the miracles of modern science.

The Sea Hunter’s trials are the first in a series of missions that the USA has full plans to carry out in the near future. Besides the testing of sensors, the autonomy suite gauging, collision regulation and conceptual rationale will have to take place too, according to DailyMail.

This is a milestone in sending drone missions into the waters of foreign countries by the United States. DARPA developed this warship in the first place.

The warship will engage in the detection of enemy submarines. Maybe in the future, all wars – land, sea and air – would feature such drones. Humans could be taken out of the equation altogether.

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