Hydra: Stealthy underwater drone will deliver UAVs and UUVs to the enemy’s doorstep

July 23, 2013

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on a project to develop a large unmanned submarine that will be able to stealthily approach enemy targets and launch an array of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and smaller unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) capable of performing multiple missions.

The Hydra program will develop and demonstrate an unmanned undersea system with a new kine of unmanned-vehicle delivery system that inserts UAVs and UUVs. stealthily into operational environments to respond quickly to situations around the world without putting U.S. military personnel at risk.  The Hydra large UUV is to use modular payloads inside a standardized enclosure to deploy a mix of UAVs and UUVs, depending on the military situation. Hydra will integrate existing and emerging technologies in new ways to create an alternate means of delivering a variety of payloads close to where they’re needed

DARPA will be making a presentation of the HYDRA program to industry partners on August 5 at Johns Hopkins University.



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