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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >What does it do?
    burn tax payer's money

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      if burning my tax payer money indirectly burns russians, I am happy to set my dollars on fire.
      Friendly reminder that 70% of the US federal budget is spent on social services and interest payments and the military isn't even 2 figures

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        MY FATHER WORKED IN THAT MONEY PIT

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You troons are funny.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      And your relatives.

      BOO-YAAAAH!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      In what way?

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    probably a flying submarine
    I mean, really.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't worry about it

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cygnus replacement

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Loyal wingman
    Looks like a blended wing body of sorts
    Drone tanker?

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Loitering munition (but underwater) https://www.northropgrumman.com/what-we-do/sea/manta-ray
    Frick knows why they put wings on it, I would've thought you'd want to minimize surface area for underwater drag but I'm not a naval engineer

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      bait maybe? better for anyone tracking you to see that than something with people on it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Might have to do with steering

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >what are fins

        I meant big 'ol wings rather than the traditional cruciform tail. You don't need much if any lift so those wings shouldn't be needed.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Those foils look flat, and if the thing is symmetrical vertically it won't produce lift unless they're flapped up or down

          t. Paper plane designer

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >what are fins

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >mantas may use gliding behavior during travel which may conserve energy and maximize movement efficiency.
      This is what they are going for

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Frick knows why they put wings on it
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_glider

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Infinite range, free green energy
        https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029801823006947

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Oh that's neat, thanks

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Variable-buoyancy propulsion is based on the ability of a vehicle to change its buoyancy from negative to positive and vice versa (for aircraft, this means alternating between being heavier and lighter than air). While positively buoyant, the vehicle trims bow up and uses its hydrofoils or wings to glide forward while rising, using buoyancy as the driving force. At the top of the climb, buoyancy is made negative and the vehicle trims bow down and glides forward while descending, using gravity as the driving force.[2] The process can be repeated for as long as the buoyancy engine can operate, and allows for highly energy-efficient albeit generally slow propulsion. The vehicle's trajectory typically presents a sawtooth-like profile
        So it's like those RC gliders that basically fly in big loops, using different thermal layers or whatever to gain energy then expend that energy going faster, and can go at ridiculously high speeds? Neat. I imagine this would be dead quiet too?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It has no props or thrusters so there's really nothing to create noise besides maybe the electronic motors it needs to adjust its control surfaces.

          This would be extremely useful as a loitering passive sensor unit. It would be pretty damn hard to find and could basically stay at sea indefinitely until its parts wear out.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            There are in fact two propellers on it.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              They're the opposite of propellers.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >They're the opposite of propellers.
                Conpellers?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the gliders your thinking of just use wind shear off a hill top, your on the right track

          They're the opposite of propellers.

          >uhm actchually
          they propel it, what would you call them

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >they propel it
            They're RATs, doofus. They literally do the opposite of what a propeller does.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Ram Air Turbine? Underwater? You, sir, are moronic.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            They don't propel it, they spin a turbine to generate extra electricity using the crafts momentum through the water.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    she's cute

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cost

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >lets make a 3d render of a manta ray
    >lets call it the manta ray
    >ok 69billion dollars pleasea
    >no it wont kill steve again

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >What does it do?

    its does the exact precise same thing a hobby-tier RC boat/sub would do, but for $10million+ more dollars per unit

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    underwater UAV, probably deploys torpedos or limpet lines.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    puts out a signal large enough to make it an effective decoy in the water.
    Deploy a few dozen of these around a carrier group and the anti-ship missiles won't know what to target.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Destroys the underwater gas pipelines of your so called allies

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is this the one that can supposedly shadow an enemy sub for months at a time?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's why I thought it was - it seemed like this was an underwater equivalent to that SIGINT drone they developed that can loiter for weeks at a time. The manta ray looks like it's more on a fact finding mission than to be used as a munition.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Life imitating art.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    how do you communicate with a drone underwater? its not impossible but it barely makes sense for a big nuclear submarine so I imagine this will be anything but expendable.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    in the falklands, thatcher ordered several whales to the bottom by torpedo. the expenditure impacted readiness. i believe that this system is likely capable of seeking and destroying whales

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