The U.S. Navy just announced its newest recruit: a robotic fish disguised as a tuna, which they plan to use for spying on enemy warships and guarding U.S. ships.
This 5-foot-long, 100-pound robot tuna is called GhostSwimmer or “Silent Nemo” by Navy bosses, for its amazing ability to swim the oceans without being detected. GhostSwimmer was modeled on the blue fin tuna fish and swims with an oscillating tail. This allows it to move quietly and make quick turns: Consequently, “Silent Nemo” is ideal for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The robotic fish has the ability to be controlled by a joystick and can also be programmed to take a direct route.
The Navy hopes that not only will they be able to infiltrate otherwise off-limits areas, but that they’ll also have the ability to search for mines and protrusions.
Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group, commented on the design saying:
GhostSwimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe.
No weaponry has been added to “Silent Nemo.”
Captain Jim Loper, a department head for Concepts and Innovation in the Naval Warfare Development Command, remarked:
Let your imagination run wild.
It sounds like there are big plans for this little fella.