In January 2018, the United States Air Force started using the Easter Crafts, which are made of cardboard boxes with a metal lid, to test new airships.
The craft, which weigh about 10 tons, are about 10 to 20 times faster than traditional aircraft, and the aircraft are designed to fly in the “vortex of the atmosphere” and have a range of speeds from 20 miles (32 kilometers) to 100 miles (161 kilometers).
The Navy is also testing the craft in a “fog of war” environment in the Gulf of Mexico, where the craft will be able to fly at “up to 100 mph (161 kph).”
It is unclear what is in the boxes, or what their capabilities are, but there have been reports of them hitting a tree or a parked vehicle.
In June 2018, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand the number of military aircraft to 60 aircraft and to “modernize” existing aircraft.
The order called for the Air Force to begin designing and fielding new aircraft at a rate of one every four months and also ordered the Air Mobility Command to develop a plan to build a new aircraft carrier, called the Nimitz-class, at a cost of $5.6 billion.
A few months later, the Pentagon ordered $1.6 trillion worth of new weapons and vehicles.
In March 2019, the Air Resources Board (ARB) announced that the Navy had completed a $1 billion “bunker” prototype airship.
That prototype is designed to test an underwater vehicle and could fly at speeds up to 20 miles per hour (32 kph).
In July 2019, Boeing completed its first unmanned submarine submarine, the SOV-1.
The SOV is a 1,200-foot (550 meters) long submarine with a range from 1,300 to 2,000 miles (3,000 to 6,000 kilometers).
According to the Navy, the new SOV will be “designed to operate in the coldest, most hostile environments.”
The new submarine was also used to test the first submersible, the HMAS Adelaide, which was used to study the capabilities of the Submarine Vehicle Carrier (SDV) program, a $2.8 billion program that was originally slated to replace the existing submersibles.
In February 2020, the Navy awarded $1,095,000 for research and development for an unmanned submarine.
In August 2020, Boeing announced that it would build a “small, highly mobile, and autonomous” submersable that would be able dive deeper than the existing submarine.
The submersibility program, known as SubmerSense, was originally scheduled to begin in 2021, but in late 2020, it was postponed to 2019.
The Navy then asked for more time to test a “sophisticated, high-end” submarine, known for its ability to be submerged underwater for up to four hours.
The agency has since said it will start construction of the submarine by 2021.
In July 2020, DARPA announced a $500 million project to develop an unmanned underwater vehicle.
That project will study how to deploy a small, fast-attack submersibly, and could use “a variety of new propulsion, sensor, and communications technologies.”
In October 2020, a group of researchers at NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a collaboration called the Deepwater Challenge, which aims to develop “a small, unmanned submersive craft capable of reaching depths of up to 1,000 feet (300 meters).”
The Deepwater Challenges will be based in Washington, D.C., and have an estimated cost of at least $3 billion.
In September 2020, Darpa announced that DARPA has awarded a $7.2 million contract to the Aerospace Corporation to develop, build and test a submersified submarine.
DARPA said the project will be focused on developing a “mobile, autonomous submersitory device that can safely, quickly, and effectively perform research, development, test, and evaluation activities on submersed deep ocean habitats.”
DARPA did not respond to a request for comment.
In October 2021, a DARPA contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin to develop and build a submersion vehicle that can be deployed on surface ships.
According to DARPA, the Submersible Vehicle Capability Test (SVCT) program is expected to “provide the next generation of high-performance autonomous deep-sea platforms that are capable of delivering deep-water exploration, mapping, and exploitation activities to submerses in support of deep-ocean exploration and exploration of unexplored seafloor environments.”
In November 2021, the Department of Defense announced a contract to build and operate a “submersible vehicle” that will allow for underwater exploration.
The vehicle will be built at Naval Air Systems Command’s Naval Research Laboratory, which is located in Norfolk, Virginia.
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