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US Navy launched drone from a submarine underwater

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US Navy launched drone from a submarine underwaterThe US Navy first launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on board a submarine in a submerged position, the naval research laboratory announced on Thursday.


The drone, codenamed XFC UAS (eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System, i.e. "Unmanned Air System with an Experimental Fuel Cell"), was launched using a Providence torpedo tube. The date and place of the test is not specified. After several hours of flight, the UAV landed on the territory of the US Navy test site in the Bahamas, ITAR-TASS reports.

According to the report, a special launch system was developed for the experiment, which can be placed in the launch container of the Tomahawk cruise missile. This container was launched from the submarine torpedo tube. Then the launch system, which looks like a buoy, floated to the surface of the ocean.

UAV, who was inside her with folded wings, started at the command of the captain Providence. Spreading his wings, he climbed into the sky and performed a test flight, transmitting video information aboard a submarine, auxiliary surface vessels and the US Navy base in Norfolk (Virginia). The power supply for it was a “completely autonomous pure electric fuel cell” designed for “more than 6 hours” of UAV operation.

The development of a new device from the Navy took less than 6 years. The creators proudly point out that they have provided "substantial savings" to the American treasury, since "traditional programs often bring results only after decades".

Welcoming the successful completion of the experiment, program manager Warren Schulz said that he developed a “technology that meets the needs of the special forces community” in the United States.

Earlier, the relevant American media reported that an “underwater floating base” was being created in the United States to launch both aerial and submarine UAVs.
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  1. Canep
    Canep 6 December 2013 10: 50 New
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    And where will they put him if there is no base nearby? And if there is a base then you can launch a drone from it. And if you have nowhere to plant, then this is a cruise missile, and they will not surprise anyone. And why do you need a drone on a boat ?, to tell the enemy where it is? And then 6 hours it seems a little, a land-based UAV has many times longer flight duration.
    1. Rus2012
      Rus2012 6 December 2013 11: 00 New
      +2
      Quote: Canep
      this is a cruise missile

      :))) I guess, yes!
      And the same KP can be equipped to teach specific and other intelligence. And planting and taking these devices - sometimes, almost always, for a submarine - is more expensive for itself. If only then the management does not take over any of its vessel and does not land / bring near itself ...
      1. Canep
        Canep 6 December 2013 12: 07 New
        +1
        If you control this gadget from a boat, then the transmitter of the control system will accurately show its (boat's) location, and if it is controlled from a ship, then why not start from it. I think this drone is useful on a boat only to transfer some valuable cargo from the boat to the base, for example, corpses of sailors. (oh right now naminusuyu-yuut ...)
        1. clidon
          clidon 6 December 2013 14: 23 New
          +1
          It may just fly according to the program, conducting reconnaissance of a given area.
          1. Canep
            Canep 6 December 2013 15: 01 New
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            And how do you program the camera to focus on the object of interest, that is, turn the camera in its direction and increase the angle? Here, without an operator, no matter how, and this is the transfer of information from the side of the boat to the UAV, and the issuance of its location.
            1. clidon
              clidon 6 December 2013 15: 15 New
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              And how do you know that there is a focusing camera, and not just a wide-angle with digital zoom?
    2. Gluxar_
      Gluxar_ 6 December 2013 17: 44 New
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      Quote: Canep
      And where will they put him if there is no base nearby? And if there is a base then you can launch a drone from it. And if you have nowhere to plant, then this is a cruise missile, and they will not surprise anyone. And why do you need a drone on a boat ?, to tell the enemy where it is? And then 6 hours it seems a little, a land-based UAV has many times longer flight duration.

      This is an ordinary cruise missile, but instead of a warhead, a video surveillance module. What is the reason for such a thing? Is it safe to scout the enemy’s coast? But the launch of such a device will give the location of the submarine itself. And if you need to explore the pygmies who do not have good air defense, then you can use a conventional drone in the far zone.
      The United States is trying in every possible way to retain its leadership in technology, but most of their projects are working with drones, which is very narrow for a country like the United States. Drones are good, but it's just an element of the military.
      The Taliban do not do poorly with the United States without drones, with the help of one observer with a walkie-talkie.
      1. clidon
        clidon 6 December 2013 21: 11 New
        +1
        Startup can be absolutely secretive. The submarine throws out the container, after an hour (half an hour) an UAV starts from it, which, having a very low visibility, starts from a high altitude within 6 hours to inspect the specified area. This is a very advanced thing.
        And yes, the United States is engaged in the whole spectrum of military developments, just UAVs give a serious advantage and here the Yankees have leadership.
    3. chunga-changa
      chunga-changa 6 December 2013 22: 16 New
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      In the interests of the MTR. As you know, several amers. The submarines are converted to accommodate saboteurs and have small submarines on board to transport them to shore. An electric drone will obviously be supplemented by such detachments; when landing on the enemy’s coast, they will carry out additional reconnaissance and control.
  2. Bort radist
    Bort radist 6 December 2013 11: 05 New
    +2
    This is a one-time see. The necessary thing, I think, is to look around, the spool is small. Surely we don’t have, a submelt? From afar, the spilled albatross with red paws is tricky.
    1. shpuntik
      shpuntik 6 December 2013 12: 47 New
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      Army General
      Bort Radist SU Today, 11:05 AM New
      This is a one-time see. The necessary thing, I think, is to look around, the spool is small. Surely we don’t have, a submelt? From afar, the spilled albatross with red paws is tricky.

      I will join: in wartime most likely it will be one-time. Will it be possible to give target designation or highlight the target with its size? Maybe then they will do more mass and range?
      We need to have these "Albatrosses" in service, but there is silence about them.
  3. iwind
    iwind 6 December 2013 11: 28 New
    +4
    For such an 6 device, this is a lot. Plus, the lack of ICE makes it less noticeable in the infrared and thermal ranges.
    UAV solves the problem of awareness of the boat about what is happening on the surface, including on the ground.
    And picking it up is not a problem at all. No wonder that Virginia has a compartment for divers and specials. operations. Or it’s possible that he would drown to a certain depth during the splashdown, and there he would already be selected. This is just a few ideas.
    1. Rus2012
      Rus2012 6 December 2013 12: 14 New
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      Quote: iwind
      For such an 6 device, this is a lot. Plus, the lack of ICE makes it less noticeable in the infrared and thermal ranges.

      There are only doubts about the 6 hours on electric traction, what kind of battery it is. lightweight? O5 the same cost of filming and transmitting data ...
  4. alex-kon
    alex-kon 6 December 2013 12: 11 New
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    If my memory serves me, electromagnetic waves pass through the water with great difficulty. The question "How does a boat receive information while submerged? Or if it floats up, why then launch it from a submerged position?" request
    1. Know-nothing
      Know-nothing 6 December 2013 12: 17 New
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      Maybe through the buoy.
      1. Rus2012
        Rus2012 6 December 2013 12: 21 New
        +1
        Quote: Dunno
        Maybe through the buoy.

        What the hell difference, the buoy, as well as the remote antennas - are quite easily detected ...
      2. the polar
        the polar 6 December 2013 17: 35 New
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        Quote: Dunno
        Maybe through the buoy.


        Do not buoy, but one good ... th.

        Let them continue to saw the loot. It costs them nothing
    2. clidon
      clidon 6 December 2013 14: 25 New
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      Through a retractable antenna.
  5. shpuntik
    shpuntik 6 December 2013 12: 37 New
    +1
    The Navy took less than 6 years to develop a new device.

    Here is your grandmother and St. George’s day. request Developments are underway at the adversaries. These fucking states, our experts have long been buried, and they let the drones. Where are you, Rogozin, ay! And Trotsenko is gone. One of the old cadres of GDP remained. lol
    Seriously, it’s unfortunate to find out such news. A serious level of technology can be directed against us.
  6. HollyGremlin
    HollyGremlin 6 December 2013 13: 03 New
    +1
    And now let’s put an anti-ship missile on this drone to completely confuse the enemy. Of course, the fact that everything works is envy, but ideologically somehow it is not impressive at all.
  7. HollyGremlin
    HollyGremlin 6 December 2013 13: 48 New
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    I think our idea was more interesting: launch drones using multiple launch rocket systems. Convenient; cheaper; if necessary, launched, no need - left in the box; at the same time we watched as we shot back. I don’t know how in practice, but according to the characteristics, power is simply amazing
    1. patsantre
      patsantre 6 December 2013 20: 23 New
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      And what is interesting about this idea? For target designation and control of target destruction, miniature drones are already for everyone.
  8. spirit
    spirit 6 December 2013 13: 58 New
    +1
    There is a device. And there are no requests))) you never know what situations can happen. And this unit expands the horizon for solving a problem. Naturally, no one is going to release this unit near the enemy destroyers)
  9. uav80
    uav80 6 December 2013 15: 17 New
    +2
    For diversionary attacks on the territory of the enemy, it’s the very thing that they will release, observe how the right moment has arrived, drop off the landing force from the submarine, carry out the operation, pick up everyone, turn the system back into the ocean ...
  10. Ahmed Osmanov
    Ahmed Osmanov 6 December 2013 15: 55 New
    +3
    No, well, the Americans are amazed every time: they already have UAVs in all elements. It remains for them to create a micro UAV, which will fly out of the anus of a flying eagle. lol laughing
  11. Bersaglieri
    Bersaglieri 6 December 2013 20: 16 New
    +2
    Heh, however, "Cormorant" has become somehow slender.
    Such an ashtray was originally planned here:


    1. patsantre
      patsantre 6 December 2013 20: 24 New
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      This, apparently, is different. How do you launch it from TA?
    2. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 6 December 2013 20: 26 New
      +2
      Quote: Bersaglieri
      Originally planned oh pepelats:
      It looks really fantastic, not fitting into our reality.
  12. APASUS
    APASUS 7 December 2013 09: 57 New
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    Get a satellite map of the area in real time or shoot with such a hat ??
    Why does the boat need such infa? It would be better to invest in the production of long-range active sonars.
    1. clidon
      clidon 7 December 2013 11: 22 New
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      Get real-time intelligence from the hat. "Who owns the information, he rules the situation."
  13. kelevra
    kelevra 14 December 2013 11: 59 New
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    But we are the only country that launched ballistic missiles in one gulp from a submarine and 50 meters deep! So, the Democrats are unfinished!