The U.S. Navy has revealed a new underwater drone named “Ghostswimmer” that looks like a giant blue fin tuna.
“GhostSwimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and Sailors safe,” said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group. “It swims just like a fish does by oscillating its tail fin back and forth. The unit is a combination of unmanned systems engineering and unique propulsion and control capabilities.”
The spy-fish-drone is 5ft long and weighs 100 lbs. It can swim from 10 inches to 300 feet deep.
“This project and others that we are working on at the CRIC are important because we are harnessing the brainpower and talents of junior Sailors,” said Capt. Jim Loper, department head for Concepts and Innovation, Navy Warfare Development Command. “The opportunity for a young Sailor who has a good idea to get that idea hears, and to get it turned into action, is grater [now]than any other time in our Navy’s history.”