Ultimate Military Defense Weapons – Unmanned Sea Hunter ACTUV Anti Submarine Navy Drone Ship.
Video of the “Sea Hunter” the new and currently under development being unmanned US Navy Anti-Submarine Navy Drone Ship (ACTUV) in action.
The footage shows a compilation of the ACTUV during a military test.
The ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is a DARPA funded project launched in early 2010 to develop an Anti-submarine drone (Unmanned surface vehicle). In September 2014, DARPA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to jointly fund the ACTUV prototype.
If successful, the program could transition to the U.S. Navy for ASW by 2018, and possibly other missions such as mine countermeasures.
It is stated that the ACTUV will be “a first unmanned naval vessel that is designed and sized for theater or global independent deployment”. The aim of the four part program is to develop a surface vessel optimized to overtly track and trail target submarines. A suite of sensors “capable of tracking quiet, modern diesel electric submarines” will be implemented into the completely unmanned vessel.
It is intended that ACTUV will operate under minimal supervisory command and control; with shore bases intermittently monitoring performance and providing high-level mission objectives through beyond line-of-sight communications links. The vessel will be provided with advanced autonomous navigation and anti collision features to keep it within maritime law and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
It is hoped that the unmanned nature of the vessel will open up new technologies in terms of stability and sea keeping. The four part program will culminate in an integrated prototype vessel and sea trials following evaluation and design phases.
Footage Credit: DARPA & Aaron Lebsack (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific)
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