Here’s How the U.S. Navy Could Use Drones to Kill Submarines

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Some­time late last year, the U.S. Navy test­ed one of Northrop Grumman’s remote­ly pilot­ed heli­copters for use as an anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare plat­form, USNI News report­ed. Dur­ing the eval­u­a­tion, the Fire Scout drone dropped minia­tur­ized sonobuoys into the water, essen­tial­ly small acoustic devices that lis­ten for ene­my move­ment underwater.
As the name sug­gests, the pri­ma­ry goal of anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare plat­forms is to hunt down sub­marines, in effect cre­at­ing a pro­tec­tive bub­ble around sur­face ships that are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble to sub­ma­rine attack. Though this mis­sion is typ­i­cal­ly done by much larg­er manned air­craft, like the MH-60R Sea Hawk, unmanned …


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