In a recent blog post, I talked about autonomous cargo ships being developed by Inmarsat. Now Boeing is stepping up with a new “rapid deployment air and water vehicle” or a drone that starts as a fixed wing, but ends as submarine style submersible.
Details of this new military drone design were identified by Patent Yogi.
According to reports Boeing’s patent application for a “rapid deployment air and water vehicle” has been recently approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The remotely operated flying drone can transform into a submarine and could be carried into the deployment area by a host aircraft before detaching from the carrier aircraft and flying on its own. When needed, it can also dive into water.
The device sheds its wings and propellers, Business Insider’s Benjamin Zhang writes, using explosive bolts and water-soluble glue. Under water, a set of propellers and control surfaces take the place of the wings and propellers that were used in the air.