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DARPA Goes Deep: New Hydra Project to See Underwater Dones Deploying Drones ~ (Syria False Flag?)

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From – Russia Today -

The sky is no longer the limit for US drone warfare, with secret military research agency DARPA considering a conquest of the seven seas with an underwater drone carrier.

America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently held  a presentation of its new Hydra unmanned underwater drone carrier  project at John’s Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.  ‘Proposer’s Day’ was set to beef up interest from defense  contractors.

“The Hydra program will develop and demonstrate an unmanned  undersea system, providing a novel delivery mechanism for  insertion of unmanned air and underwater vehicles into  operational environments,” says the Hydra Proposers’ Day  website.

In order to tout military contractors, DARPA’s Tactical  Technology Office (TTO) envisages that their Hydra unmanned  submarine carrier would use “modular payloads within a  standardized enclosure to enable scalable, cost-effective  deployment of rapid response assets.”

Hydra network is expected to be capable of deploying both the  unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and ‘conventional’ unmanned  aircraft (UAVs), notably all of that remaining submerged. Also  DARPA engineers consider developing for the submersible a special  capsule for stealth underwater transportation of troops.

“The rising number of ungoverned states, piracy, and  proliferation of sophisticated defenses severely stretches  current resources and impacts the nation’s ability to conduct  special operations and contingency missions,” DARPA’s  proposal paper maintains.

In broader terms, the Hydra project implies building an  underwater drone fleet to ensure surveillance, logistics and  offensive capabilities at any given time globally, throughout the  world’s oceans, including shallow waters and probably any river  deltas or systems.

“The climate of budget austerity runs up against an uncertain  security environment,” said Hydra program manager Scott  Littlefield in a media release. “An unmanned technology  infrastructure staged below the ocean’s surface could relieve  some of that resource strain and expand military capabilities in  this increasingly challenging space.”

DARPA’s gadget gurus believe they’ll have a functional demo of an  underwater Hydra drone network by 2018, in case they find  sufficient funding.

This all sounds sci-fi, yet drones deploying drones could be the  future of unmanned warfare. Concurrently with the Hydra project,  DARPA is developing a similar program with Lockheed Martin aimed  at developing unmanned vehicles and drones to supply troops by  air and land.

Last January DARPA also announced another program exploring an  upward falling payloads (UFPs) concept, implying storage of  necessary supplies on seabed in waterproof containers. Yet the  UFP and Hydra are two separate projects, a DARPA spokesman  stressed.

“The basic difference is that UFP involves systems deployed at  the bottom of the deep sea for years at a time, while Hydra plans  for modules in shallower water that are submerged for weeks or  months at a time,” he explained the difference on request  from InformationWeek.

The Hydra platform might also be in demand in case of natural  disasters, as drones could deliver emergency equipment close to  coastline of the affected areas.

“Hydra will integrate existing and emerging technologies in  new ways to create an alternate means of delivering a variety of  payloads close to the point of use,” informs DARPA, which  eyes the not-so-remote future primarily through the prism of  military application of innovative technology.

With all the technological ambitions in hand, DARPA may soon be  seen setting Guillermo del Toro’s movie ‘Pacific Rim’ as  benchmark. In any case, surfers in, say, 2020, will have to act  with discretion. Who knows what will be watching them from  underneath.

http://rt.com/usa/darpa-underwater-drones-fleet-489/

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