DARPA’s newly-named ‘Sea Hunter’, is an autonomous warship that can operate for months without a crew.
The research agency’s (DARPA) development is part of ACTUV program that stands for Anti Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel. The 132-foot vessel is powered by diesel engines and can operate even without human remote control.
It uses radar and an international ship-tracking program known as Automatic Identification System (AIS). The implementation of the ship’s autonomous function is to make its movements seem human-like. It can preferably makes an easy adjustments from the vessel with the other boats around it and changes speed whenever it signal collisions.
“We’re not working on anti-submarine [technology] just because we think it’s cool. We’re working on it because we’re deeply concerned about the advancements that China and Russia are making in this space.”
The next step for Sea Hunter is a two years of testing for its autonomous abilities.