Navy Ocean Pods May Launch Attack Drones

If you are of a certain age, say 50+, the following would have seemed like science fiction when you were a kid. It appears that the US Navy is considering “planting” armed pods into the oceans that can, if needed, release armed drones that could attack various targets. It also appears that this may be closer to reality than we think.

It was recently announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on making these pods and drones today. They are known as UFPs (Upward Falling Payloads) and would be deployed (secretly) around the globe in various seas and oceans. They could be used in surprise attacks just about anywhere and at any time. The released drones, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), could be used for surveillance or for weapons delivery onto targets.

Navy PodsThe concept is simple, really. Each pod would contain within it some type of military technology, such as a drone. These capsules would be placed into oceans and allowed to sink to the ocean floor where they would effectively go into “hibernation” mode until they are called upon to “wake up.” They could remain “asleep” for years in some cases. When activated, a buoyancy collar would inflate, the pod would rise to the surface, and its interior cargo released. DARPA is working on a variety of payloads that could be placed into the pods.

While the concept is simple, its actual execution is not. Some of the challenges DARPA faces are how to communicate with something that is so deep underwater and may have been there for months or years, how to ensure that the pods rise to the surface only when they are ordered to do so, and how to ensure that cargo payloads will behave as they should once they get to the surface.

As defense budgets shrink, and this includes the Navy’s budget, more innovative ways of protecting America will be needed. More than 70 percent of the planet is covered by oceans, and that is a lot of area for the Navy to be responsible for, even with big budgets. The use of unmanned pods and other systems may be one of the better ways for the Navy to continue doing its global work within smaller budget frameworks.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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