March 13, 2016

Boeing Echo Voyager Unmanned Submarine compared to WW2 German U-boats

Echo Voyager, Boeing’s latest unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay. The 51-foot-long vehicle is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger.

The size of the new Echo Voyager is in the middle of the German U-Boat lengths which were 40-60 meters [previously incorrect feet units in article] long depending upon design. the 51 foot long Boeing drone is about 40% of the length of the short U-boats.

U-boats dominated the seas for several years due to the fact that thousands were produced.

A militarized Echo Voyager could have a similar role if they were mass produced at low cost in the event of a conflict.

The Echo Voyage has a dive depth of about 11000 feet or nearly 2 miles.

The smaller Echo Seeker can go to a depth of 20,000 feet (3.7 miles)

The Type II German U-boats of World War 2 were about 40 feet long.

The Type VII German U-Boats of World War 2 were about 60 feet long.

SOURCES - Youtube, Boeing, Wired, RT, Wikipedia

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