The new Anti-Submarine drone boat in action

The new Anti-Submarine drone boat in action

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program has designed, developed and constructed an entirely new class of ocean-going vessel—one intended to traverse thousands of kilometers over the open seas for months at a time, all without a single crew member aboard.

The ACTUV technology demonstration vessel was recently transferred to water at its construction site in Portland, Ore., and conducted speed tests in which it reached a top speed of 27 knots (31 mph/50 kph). The Anti-Submarine drone boat is scheduled to be christened on April 7, 2016, with open-water testing planned to begin in summer 2016 off the California coast.

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