The United States navy is following their counterparts in the Air Force and has begun its on drone program for the development of submarine hunter predator drone. Such a weapon would tip the scales in the world of tactical submarine warfare. The submarine service is the initial tactical weapon of every major country and is the first strike platform for the nuclear program of a number of nations. Even though their are no wars being engaged in open seas, every major country is currently playing a game of cat and mouse with under the seas by keeping tabs of the type, capabilities and location of each others submarine. The peace time policy of all countries with a submarine fleet is that the moment that war is engaged each nation will no the location of the other country’s submarine and no country’s submarine fleet is unaccounted for. U.S. Navy Develops Sub Drones
The development of a a drone program for the submarine fleet would free valuable resources for the U.S. Navy. More drones could be used to perform the duties of an entire crew of a U.S. tactical submarine. If a submarine drone is armed with missiles or torpedos, it could also engage the enemy without placing sailors in harms way. The additional benefit is the surveillance capabilities that the drone could perform.
The Navy has not announced its testing schedule nor when such a fleet would be operational, but it should be posted to news outlets like Variety shortly.