WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has received the prototype of a new underwater submarine detection system to be mounted on unmanned trimaran hulls, Raytheon said in a news release.
"Raytheon Company has completed delivery of its latest… fifth-generation hull-mounted sonar system, for… DARPA's Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program," the release, issued on Wednesday, stated.
A prototype trimaran built by Leidos is designed to serve as the program's unmanned vehicle, Raytheon explained.
This weaponized drone will be capable of causing "assured unacceptable damage" to an enemy by contaminating vast coastal areas, rendering them completely unusable for long periods of time, and will be able to bypass NATO's missile defense system.
A presentation slide with information on the Status-6 project was accidentally broadcast on Russian TV as part of a story covering Vladimir Putin's meeting with defense officials in Sochi, the Kremlin confirmed.