Future of beach warfare: US Marines test ‘HyperSub,’ machine-gun toting robots & more (VIDEOS)

Friday, April 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

28 Apr, 2017

Around 50 advanced weapons are being tested by the US Marine Corps, from a speedboat-submarine to smart robots able to carry 600lbs. The new technology could revolutionize amphibious armed conflict.

Testing has been ongoing for the past two weeks at Camp Pendleton in California, as part of the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017, Fox News reported Thursday.

From quadcopter drones to surf and sand-ready weaponized autonomous vehicles, the US Navy and Marines are seeking to avoid detection, conduct surveillance, free up manpower and ultimately lessen the risks that come with storming beaches. They are expected to narrow down what’s needed most from roughly 50 machines being tried out.

Not long ago, a hybrid speedboat-submarine would have sounded unfathomable – but now it’s known as The Fathom. Also called the HyperSub by its creator, Reynolds Marion, it can reportedly carry out reconnaissance in rapid fashion with the ability to repeatedly make dives, despite pressure changes.

“I just always figured it would be a good idea as a kid to be able to have a really cool speedboat that could go out and dive when you wanted to dive,” Marion told CBS News.

Along with being able to lift 30,000lbs, the HyperSub has two 480-hp Yanmar 6LY3-ETP diesel engines that reach a cruising speed of 38 miles per hour, Fox News reported. It also comes with a customizable dry chamber, where the operators sit.

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