The Hydra System is composed of several parts: the delivery system, shelters that may rest midway underwater, or sit on the bottom; and small unmanned vehicles that can be deployed at a moments notice (Image: DARPA)
Hydra launches either small aircraft - unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or small submarines, or unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV)
DARPA has floated a fascinating new unmanned systems project that would see undersea motherships launching smaller submarines and flying vehicles to conduct pop-up surveillance on pirates, terrorists and hijackers. The Hydra Project, named after the Greek legend of the multi-headed snake that grew two new heads whenever one was cut off, looks to provide low cost response to quickly changing situations on or near the water.
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