US NAVY LAUNCHES UAV FROM SUB­MERGED SUB­MA­RINE

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The US Naval Re­search Laboratory (NRL) with fund­ing from SwampWorks at the Of­fice of Naval Re­search and the Depart­ment of De­fense Rapid Re­ac­tion Tech­nol­ogy Of­fice has demon­strated the launch of an all-elec­tric, fuel cell-pow­ered UAV from a sub­merged sub­ma­rine. The project took about six years to fruc­tify. Op­er­at­ing un­der sup­port of the Los An­ge­les class sub­ma­rine USS Prov­i­dence and the Naval Un­der­sea War­fare Cen­ter-New­port Divi­sion, the UAV was fired from the sub­ma­rine’s tor­pedo tube us­ing a Sea Robin launch ve­hi­cle sys­tem. The Sea Robin launch sys­tem was de­signed to fit within an empty Tom­a­hawk launch can­is­ter used for launch­ing Tom­a­hawk cruise mis­siles al­ready fa­mil­iar to sub­ma­rine sailors. The XFC is a fully-au­tonomous, all-elec­tric fuel cell pow­ered fold­ing wing, with an en­durance of greater than six hours.

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