Reference News Network reported in August 7th: according to the US mass machinery monthly website, 31 Daily reported in July, Russia is developing a new armed underwater unmanned submersible for enemy submarines. The unmanned Cephalopods submarine is equipped with small, light torpedoes that can kill enemy submarines in underwater high-pressure battlefields.
The report said that Ge Sutton, an underwater war expert, said Russia began developing cephalopod underwater killing unmanned submersible since 2015, when it was announced at the same time as the nuclear powered torpedo of Poseidon. Cephalopods are naturally eclipsed by the 100-megaton weapon, but it is also a threat to Western military power.
We knew the cephalopod in 2015, said Sutton, the director of the hidden coastal submarine blog and the worlds submarine identification guide. We have come to realize that cephalopod is an underwater submersible for attacking submarines.
Its a large underwater unmanned submersible, probably larger than the US Navys large displacement LDUUV. It has only one curved propeller, called screw, which is very similar to the propeller used in normal size submarines. This means that the cephalopod is designed to be long-lasting and invisible rather than mobile. But it also has a propeller that can be suspended. Other Russian Underwater Unmanned submersibles are equipped with several small thrusters to achieve good maneuverability.
It is reported that cephalopods are equipped with MTT324 mm light torpedo. MTT and other light torpedo are usually anti submarine torpedo carried by surface vessels and helicopters. Light torpedo has smaller warhead and shorter range.
It is reported that the equipment of Russian submarine forces is aging rapidly in recent years and can not be replaced in a timely manner. The unmanned submersible, such as the cephalopod, can perform the tasks that are usually carried out by the submarines. One of the cephalopodsmissions may be to protect Russian ballistic missile nuclear submarines from Western submarines. Cephalopods can also protect naval installations and ports, or perform tasks in restricted waters such as the Baltic Sea.
Sutton said: no underwater submersible will change the sea war. Were not sure the Russians are building cephalopods, but anyway, that shows their thinking. The cephalopods with torpedo and large sonar systems are clearly designed to play an active role in the battlefield. It can strike ships, but small torpedoes may be used more to threaten submarines. (compiling / Wei Xiaohui)