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As the U.S. transitions to littoral warfare in key parts the world, including the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz and the Caribbean, the threats posed by small, quiet, diesel-electric enemy submarines is growing.
To deal with this, the Pentagon has developed a program to assemble an unmanned anti-submarine hunter force for the U.S. Navy.
Several U.S. defense contractors are working with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop prototypes for the unmanned subs.
DARPA awarded Science Application International Corp. a $58 million contract in August 2012 to develop a prototype Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vehicle by 2015.
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