Thursday, July 12, 2012

U.S. Navy orders unmanned, underwater mine-clearing craft to sweep Persian Gulf amid fears of imminent attacks on oil platforms from Iran

The U.S Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help locate and destroy mines in anticipation of a military conflict with Iran and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

The tiny SeaFox, four-foot long submersibles are equipped with an underwater camera, sonar and an explosive charge and have been urgently requested by Marine General James Mattis, the top U.S military official in the Middle East.

Each $100,000 submersible is designed to be either detonated near mines in the water or to detonate the mines themselves by ramming them.

The U.S Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help locate and destroy mines in anticipation of a military conflict with Iran and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

The tiny SeaFox, four-foot long submersibles are equipped with an underwater camera, sonar and an explosive charge and have been urgently requested by Marine General James Mattis, the top U.S military official in the Middle East.

Each $100,000 submersible is designed to be either detonated near mines in the water or to detonate the mines themselves by ramming them. Read More