If there three two words you never want to see in the same sentence, they surely must be “Navy,” “Robot,” and “Shark.” But here it is…….
No let’s keep those trouble-makers separated, shall we? Surely no good can come of that. But since military researchers love nothing more than combining words like “nuclear” and “bomb” and making them into actual, terrible things… lo and behold the Navy’s newest project: the robot shark.
If you want to get technical, the new gizmo is a “UUV” or “Unmanned Underwater Vehicle” but it’s, by all appearances, basically a “Jaws” drone.
Known as the GhostSwimmer (Hey these are some catchy names, Navy… May I suggest the next contraption be called the “Knight Rider”?) the underwater drone is 5 feet long and weighs 100 pounds and is designed to look and swim like a fish.
Potential applications include surveillance, recon, and mine-detection, the latter of which is now sometimes tasked to trained dolphins and sea lions.
Before you get your water-wings in a bunch you should know that this bad boy isn’t in use yet, and probably won’t have rows and rows of unlimited, razor-sharp teeth.
But, according to the Navy, it has passed the testing phase! via