Navy’s ocean-powered drones to wage underwater war

While American drones patrol the skies in war-torn countries like Afghanistan, the United States is also looking to establish a similar presence in the world’s oceans – by using underwater drones.

Meanwhile, a NATO report from last year explored the possibility that gliders could be launched directly from submarines instead of surface ships.

“Operating gliders from submarines represents a step forward to embedding this technology into naval operations,” the report said. “Unlike surface ships, submarines are stealth platforms that could transit denied areas while releasing a glider fleet,” the report stated.

Even as the US expands its surveillance capabilities under the sea, it is also using the ocean to boost its fleet of airborne drones. Earlier this month, RT reported that the Navy successfully launched an aerial drone into the sky from a submerged submarine.

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