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SAS 2016: Proteus progress proclaimed

18th May 2016 - 13:01 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Washington D.C.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries and Battelle used this week’s Sea-Air-Space exposition to spotlight their ‘Proteus’ dual-mode submersible prototype.

The undersea vehicle development by the two companies helped to support the US Navy’s exploration of moving unmanned technology into larger platforms, according to David Ferris, a project ocean engineer at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding Undersea Solutions Group.

Similar in external design to the MK8 Mod1 ‘Eight Boats’ currently deployed with US Navy Special Operations Forces, Proteus is a ‘wet sub’ design that requires operators and occupants to wear breathing apparatus while travelling in a flooded environment.

The design …

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