The US Navy wants to use sea animals to detect submarines
Specialists DARPA asked the question: Why build expensive military equipment to detect submarines, if you can use for this already “ready” inhabitants of the sea depths? In connection with this, the PALS (Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors) program was launched to study the capabilities of marine animals and plants to detect underwater objects.
The goal of the program is to create an efficient system that will transmit information about submarines to special receiving devices located at a distance of up to 500 meters. Marine animals have an obvious advantage – one thing when it comes to a suspicious (for an adversary) container with equipment in the high seas, and quite another, when an inconspicuous “scout” is a floating dolphin.
In the process of creating such a system, DARPA specialists have to solve many problems. It will require large funds and, most likely, this work can last for years. If successful, the US Navy will be able to effectively detect not only enemy submarines, but also drones.