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Submarine Detecting Robot Boat Under Development

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When I say the word robot the odds are good that you picture something that looks a little bit like a human. Sure, it might have a boxy torso or tube arms, but the odds are good that you still see something with a pair of arms and a pair of legs. Robots however can take many forms, and today's news is about a robot boat.

DARPA is developing a submarine detecting boat that will be able to run for months at a time without human intervention and help to protect large naval ships from foreign attack using a variety of sensors and a new laser system.The robot, which is still under development, is projected to be hitting the harbor sometime next year.

The ship, which has been dubbed the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel  or ACTUV for short, is designed to help detect submarines under the water. For now the boat has no weapons on board, just a set of laser detectors that are designed to work in concert with a radar and a sonar detector.

The unmanned vessel would run for two to three months without assistance. The project has been funded to the tune of about $58 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The folks over at DARPA hope to have the ship ready to get on the waters by the middle of 2015.

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Comments
Jan 25, 2013
by Anonymous

Must for Harbor defense

Must for Harbor defense aside obvious naval base defense alone.
Hopefully able to produce for wide use IE
New London CT Sub Base
Pearl Harbor HI NB
San Diego NB CA
etc etc.
& overseas.