U.S. Navy Tests Shark-Like Underwater Drone Created for Surveillance Purposes
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Military & Intelligence
01:39 13.12.2014 (updated 10:19 13.12.2014)
The US Navy Public Affairs has reported that the US Navy has completed the testing of an experimental shark-like unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), dubbed the GhostSwimmer under the Navy’s Silent NEMO project.
WASHINGTON, December 13 (Sputnik) – The US Navy has completed the testing of an experimental shark-like unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to be used for intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and inspecting ship hulls, a US Navy Public Affairs report says.
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Dubbed the GhostSwimmer, the UUV uses biomimicry and “is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects” according to the Navy report issued Friday. The first GhostSwimmer tests led to the successful gathering of data on tides, currents, wakes, and weather.
The GhostSwimmer is 5 feet (about 1.5 meters) long and weighs 100 pounds (45 kilograms). It can dive to depths of 300 feet (91 meters) and can operate autonomously or be tied to a tether in order to transfer data to the operator.
The UUV mimics the movement of a large fish, which makes it difficult to detect. The GhostSwimmer is part of the US Navy’s Silent NEMO project, an experimental effort to use biomimicry for underwater vehicles.