Currently, some US Navy submarines have Blackwing drones in their outfits, which are used as communication centers and can also perform some reconnaissance tasks to coordinate strikes. Now, the US Department of Defense stated that the submarine fleet needs specialized reconnaissance drones.
According to the requirements of the military, the new drone will be based in special launchers, and if necessary, the submarine will be able to release it, without emerging. Thus, the drone must be able to overcome the path to the surface through the water column, then take off and be in the air for at least an hour. According to the requirements of the US Navy, drones must be able to fly both under the control of the operator, and in fully automatic mode. The flight radius should reach 50 km. Underwater-based drones will be equipped with an optical module, as well as reconnaissance equipment.