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Snakehead program: A large-displacement underwater drone with reconnaissance, electronic warfare and delivery of combat swimmers is being developed for the US Navy

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A drone with a likely carrier in the form of the Ohio submarine



The US Navy continues to implement a large-scale project to create an unmanned underwater fleet... One of the programs being implemented to date is the Snakehead program.

We are talking about the creation of an unmanned underwater robotic vehicle of large displacement. When created, Snakehead is expected to be the largest underwater drone in the US Navy.

Certain classes of American nuclear submarines will be the carrier of the Snake Head underwater drones. The main task set by the Pentagon by ordering this kind of development is multi-stage. The fact is that Snakehead (according to the terms of reference) will be able to participate in data collection operations, used as underwater means of electronic warfare (electronic warfare).

It is also said that Snakehead will be used to land marines on a certain coast, as well as to deliver combat swimmers to one or another part of the water area. In this case, the American underwater vehicle has all the features of a sabotage drone.

On December 23, the United States issued the final terms of reference for the creation of a large unmanned underwater platform LDUUV. This is the very mentioned Snakehead. Now the US Navy must make its choice on the most suitable, from their point of view, option.

From a US Navy press release:

The Snakehead is a highly durable, multipurpose, high-displacement underwater drone under development, deployable from large open submarine interfaces, with reconfigurable payload capability.

The first such devices are planned to be used "exclusively in reconnaissance missions," however, over time, as already noted, the "Snake Head" is planned to be used for electronic warfare and landing.

Noteworthy is another purpose of the developed robotic American underwater drone. It is indicated in official documents as "work with submarine cables and other types of infrastructure." In this regard, the option of using the Snakehead for sabotage against the mentioned objects cannot be ruled out, given the potential for delivering combat swimmers to the site.
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  1. kytx
    kytx 29 December 2020 07: 06
    +2
    everyone is doing it now
    but the United States for some reason likes to merge such information into the public domain
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha 29 December 2020 08: 10
      +1
      And these people suspected us of threatening submarine cables ...
    2. Egoza
      Egoza 29 December 2020 08: 19
      0
      Quote: kytx
      but the United States for some reason likes to merge such information into the public domain

      "so that everyone is afraid, that everyone trembles, that they respect" (from the cartoon) At the same time, they and their masses reassure "we will protect you, we are stronger than everyone, this is what we have." They choose interesting names for their programs, very much like a "dead head" you know from whom.
      1. kytx
        kytx 29 December 2020 11: 42
        +2
        There is probably still a commercial moment
        struggle of firms for an order
        1. Alex777
          Alex777 29 December 2020 13: 03
          +1
          There is also an attempt by the United States to promote an arms race.
          The more they tell, the more we “need to catch up”. bully
          Previously, this worked with the USSR, now it is no longer so effective.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 29 December 2020 07: 47
    +2
    The topic of development, pushing drones everywhere and everywhere, nothing new in general.
    The technique is interesting, serious, those who did not do this will rush in pursuit ... who really can, they started doing this yesterday.
    1. Cananecat
      Cananecat 29 December 2020 08: 12
      +2
      The technique is interesting, serious, who did not do this will rush after

      Countries that can build a submarine fleet can be counted on one hand. And they rushed to catch up, at least with a concept, after the well-known "leak" from that memorable meeting at the GDP.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 29 December 2020 08: 51
        0
        Drone, this is somewhat not a submarine.
        As well as the fact that a drone is not a combat aircraft!
        But, this is a weapon that can be used effectively.
  3. Serge Bermudov
    Serge Bermudov 29 December 2020 08: 24
    -2
    to talk about the military-political aspects of the development of this device as well as about getting out of a thick bundle of dusty newspapers in the garage of the Technician-Youth to be surprised at the Kamatsu underwater bulldozer in parallel with drinking Coca-Cola vodka saying that it, like orthophosphoric acid, eats metal
  4. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 29 December 2020 08: 27
    0
    It is indicated in official documents as "work with submarine cables and other types of infrastructure."
    recourse Understand: gas pipelines, oil pipelines, water pipelines, bridges, communications, electricity and ... about the horror of the Internet FOC angry
    1. zwlad
      zwlad 29 December 2020 08: 34
      0
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      ...... about the horror of the internet wok

      Do you think they will cut your own cables?
      1. Mavrikiy
        Mavrikiy 29 December 2020 08: 39
        0
        Quote: zwlad
        Do you think they will cut your own cables?

        Cut, explode, mine, you can suck oil, gas, information or run misinformation in the WOC, poison in the water pipes .... but you never know? Come up creatively.
      2. Mavrikiy
        Mavrikiy 29 December 2020 09: 08
        0
        Quote: zwlad
        Do you think they will cut your own cables?
        Do you think we won't have FOC in 5-10 years?
        1. zwlad
          zwlad 29 December 2020 18: 43
          0
          Which of the oceans is interesting to be curious about?
          1. Mavrikiy
            Mavrikiy 30 December 2020 10: 09
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            Quote: zwlad
            Which of the oceans is interesting to be curious about?

            FOC for Sakhalin, Kaliningrad, probably already exists.
    2. Dkuznecov
      Dkuznecov 29 December 2020 20: 08
      0
      "By caravans, steamers
      I'll break through to you
      Mon amie.
      Walkie-talkies, faxes, telephones.
      While we are tied. "
      Inspired by ..
  5. Serge Bermudov
    Serge Bermudov 29 December 2020 08: 51
    -1
    Vlad. They didn't understand you. well
  6. Anachoret
    Anachoret 30 December 2020 15: 33
    0
    there is a reason to remember the mini-pl piranha and finish something like that

    you can also make a drone-kamikaze for 6 calibers well, or something else like that

    in any case, the submarines for midget submarines may well deliver them, including