A new dawn for military drones has begun. The United States Navy has demonstrated that they are now able to launch military drones from submerged submarines. The eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System (XFC UAS), which is powered by an electric fuel cell, was launched from the USS Providence from underwater. No date of live operation was given but Time Tech is reporting that the drone flew for several hours before landing at a Naval base in the Bahamas.
Developed with funding from the Office of Naval Research and Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office, the project took less than six years to complete, according to the Naval Research Laboratory. The new development is expected to help the Navy collect crucial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
No word on when these drones will go into full service, if they aren’t already, but you can bet that we’ll be the last to know when they do. Hit the source link for more.
Source: Time Tech