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March 07, 2006

The Cormorant

The Ohio-class submarine launched Cormorant is the latest stealthy, jet-powered, autonomous Terminator unit conception to emerge from the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. Not yet in the prototype stage yet so there may yet be time before Judgment Day (via C. Buddha).

The Cormorant does not shoot out of its tube like a missile. Instead an arm-like docking “saddle” guides the craft out, sending it floating to the surface while the sub slips away. As the drone pops out of the water, the rocket boosters fire and the Cormorant takes off. After completing its mission, the plane flies to the rendezvous coordinates it receives from the sub and lands in the sea. The sub then launches a robotic underwater vehicle to fetch the floating drone.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 7, 2006 07:40 AM

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