DARPA keeps creating high-technology warfare to maintain its lead in the defence sector. Now it has introduced its new Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) which is an autonomous vessel and can travel on the high seas at speeds up to 27n knots. It can travel on its own without any single crew member on board and that too for many months.
The vessel is 130 foot long and can be easily remote-controlled. The primary use of this vessel will be to operate safely near manned ships and accommodate all weather conditions.
The reason behind putting no crew members on this vessel ensures greater safety for missions involving high dangers like countermining and submarine tracking. In order to test it properly and determine payloads and potential uses for this sub-hunter robotic vessel, DARPA and the Office of Naval Research will jointly test the ACTUV. Wars are getting smarter and meaner by each passing day we must say and if that’s a good thing or bad one, that’s for you to decide!