Not since World War II has a U.S. Navy ship been painted in the classic camouflage pattern, but they're going retro with the USS Freedom.
DARPA's Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program would plant stealthy robotic pods on seafloors that could float to the surface and deploy themselves on demand.
Who says military drones only belong in the air? The Navy has gotten into the game, test firing missiles from a 36-foot inflatable hulled, remote-controlled boat. Six anti-armor missiles successfully struck floating targets over two miles away, fired by personnel onshore at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
Dolphins are smart little buggers, and the U.S. Navy has used them, via the Marine Mammal Program, to locate underwater mines and enemy divers. They've proven incredibly adept at using their sonar to find said objects, but the Ukrainian Navy wants to test another aspect of dolphin-skill: how they do wielding weapons.
You know how water is blue, right? The reason water is blue is because it absorbs the red part of the solar spectrum. This, unfortunately, is a big chunk of the energy that solar cells like to suck down, which is why we don't have solar powered submarines, but the Naval Research Lab has designed a new type of cell that does work under da sea.
Every science fiction movie you've ever seen is about to come true. The Office of Naval Research claims laser cannons will be on ships in about four years. In fact, contracts for defense contractors to build them should go out this year.
At the end of last month, the Navy got an early Valentine's Day present in the form of a prototype fully-weaponized naval railgun. And on Tuesday, it released a video of its first shot, which we're officially filing under "things not to get in the way of."
It'll be a bad day to be a pirate if Juliet Marine finds any takers for their "Ghost" high-speed attack boat. It's got jet engines, a heavy weapons payload, and it can somehow raise itself up out of the water to pounce on unwary buccaneers.
Now that they've got this brand new seaworthy pick-up truck, the Navy is about to start getting phone calls from the Army and the Marines asking for help moving furniture and whatnot. But that's okay. That's exactly the reason the Navy built this ship in the first place.
The Navy, being the Navy, is never satisfied with the amount of blowy-uppyness demonstrated by its weapons. The Office of Naval Research has come up with a new material that turns the structural casings of things like missiles and artillery shells into explosives, increasing their destructive power by a factor of five.