US Navy To Test Fire Kamikaze Drone From Submarine

The U.S. Navy is preparing to test their Kamikaze Drone technology in uncharted waters, literally. Officials from the water based branch of the armed services announced on Tuesday that they will attempt to shoot one of the portable missiles from underwater, a first test of its kind.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Kamizaze Drones they are essentially self-propelled, remotely guided missiles that can track even at close range while fitting inside a soldiers backpack.

The Navy hopes the new missiles will allow them to fire a canister to the waters surface from a submarine at which time the missile will self launch to spy on enemy positions while relaying coordinates back to Navy officers.

The drones manufacturer Aero Vironment is calling the device a “magic bullet” while noting that it’s “small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, and track even at very close range.”

The device is able to run autonomously and can be used for:

“Information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition.”

The Army’s cost for the Kamikaze Drone? $4.9 million in early 2011.

Do you think the U.S. needs more weapons added to submarines? I saw the more defensive and offensive weapons the better, it’s just a shame that their so expensive to obtain.

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