Recently released information indicates that the US Navy will have a new weapon in its arsenal to combat deadly stealth submarines. DARPA announced the launching of the Sea Hunter, a
"…futuristic autonomous drone, designed to hunt down stealthy, silent enemy submarines."
The surface anti-submarine sea drone has the ability to reach speeds of 27 knots, giving the US an advantage in battling its enemies as the unmanned sea drone navigates the seas tracking potential enemy submarines.
According to DARPA,
"The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is developing an unmanned vessel optimized to robustly track quiet diesel electric submarines."
A case study by Leidos revealed that these small, all-but-silent diesel-electric submarines pose a huge threat to both the shipping industry and U.S. ships, with indications that Russia is a large seller of these submarines to other countries:
Iran says it already has 17;
Venezuela has 5 on order
Algeria is expecting 2 of them; and
By 2020, Indonesia expects to have 6
The unmanned sea drone, though not expected to be armed with weapons, will have the ability to track its targets for an extended distance and period of time.