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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:55 PM

The Navy Just Ordered the 'Orca,' an Extra-Large Unmanned Submarine by Boeing

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a26344025/navy-extra-large-unmanned-submarines-boeing/

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Boeing for four Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XLUUVs). In other words: giant drone subs.

The unmanned submarines, called Orcas, will be able to undertake missions from scouting to sinking ships at very long ranges. Drone ships like the Orca will revolutionize war at sea, providing inexpensive, semi-disposable weapon systems that can fill the gaps in the front line—or simply go where it’s too dangerous for manned ships to go.

The contract, announced today, stipulates Boeing will get $43 million for “fabrication, test, and delivery of four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) and associated support elements.” That’s just over ten million bucks per boat.

The Orca is based on the Echo Voyager technology demonstration sub. That boat is an unmanned diesel electric submarine launched and recovered from a pier. It has a range of 6,500 nautical miles and can run completely alone for months at a time. It measures 51 by 8.5 by 8.5 feet and has a weight “in the air” of 50 tons.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:10 PM

1. Payoff to Boeing for grounding the 737's

IMHO

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:25 PM

3. I think not ...

40m is a drop in the Boeing bucket. The 737 crisis has already cost Boeing many billions in value.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/13/investing/boeing-stock-737-max-grounding/index.html

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:27 PM

4. Please. This was on the boards years ago.

Unless you simply mean the announcement of the contract?

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:12 PM

2. So what happens when

it, too, decides to go "nose down?"

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