reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Well, at first hand it might seem like an obvious thing to do, considering how successful UAV's have been since their first appearence, but it's
actually a move of genius.
It's more easy to acomplish, because sailing is much easier than flying, which not only helps the remote pilot, but also elevates the possibilites of
it being fully automatic. The most obvious and useful application I can see for this is as an anti-submarine measure, both for surveillance and
Even if they are just floating, and not submersible.
A powerful submarine, or even a destroyer need to have a crew in order to make a proper surveillance of the an ocean area. The destroyer is easily
detected and avoided, and the submarine can be all the stealthy and quiet they can, but an unmanned machine with it's engines off is a lot more
With a nasty sonar and hydrophones, maybe a torpedo or two, and this thing can become a nightmare to any military navy in the world. There will be no
more hidding spots in the oceans, and even if you do find one, you are incapacitated, because if you move, it will hear and detect you before you can
Even the fact that it's above and not below the surface helps the concept.
They can do something that UAV's can't still do: a constant, fixed perimeter of surveillance and/or defense.
Imagine you want to make a task force pass through a certain path accross the ocean. If you have enough of these, or their surveillance radius is big
enough, you can make an invisible safe route towards your destination. Any submarine or vessel that tries to approach you will be detected and
possibly dealt with.
Just drop a cable with some hydrophones/sonars at certain depths and you can even avoid the thermal layers of ocean water that could block your sonar
And if we want to make a military tech nerd have a wetdream, just make him imagine a huge carrier full of both UAV's and USV's. Or a huge submarine
with a lot of submersible USV's... Provably it will be the most powerfull weapon platform ever made.
edit on 10-8-2012 by GarrusVasNormandy
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