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    A ground control station launched a drone using an underwater acoustic signal, Lockheed Martin elaborated.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The test launch of an aerial drone from an unmanned submarine has been deemed a success, US defense contractor Lockheed Martin said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "This effort marks a milestone in showing that an unmanned aircraft, surface vessel and undersea vehicle can communicate and complete a mission cooperatively and completely autonomously," Kevin Schlosser, chief architect of Lockheed’s Unmanned Systems Technology Division, said in the release.

    During the successful launch in mid-August, the drone also provided reconnaissance and surveillance while being controlled from its underwater counterpart, the release explained.

    The test took place during an annual US Navy technology exercise in the coastal state of Rhode Island. A ground control station launched the drone using an underwater acoustic signal, according to the release.

    A third vessel, an unmanned surface ship, also participated in the drill, the release added.

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