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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Navy kills mini-sub effort, calls repair cost too high

Advanced SEAL Delivery SystemThe U.S. Special Operations Command has canceled its mini-submarine program, a project designed to deliver Navy commando s close to their target and protect them on the way.

Northrop Grumman's Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) hit numerous hurdles since it was conceived in the late 1990s.

The latest, in November, was a fire that burned for six hours while the sub's batteries were charging at a Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, shipyard.

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1 comment:

  1. A long, long, long overdue decision. From the article:

    "A 2003 General Accounting Office report said the program, which initially called for six vessels, was six years behind schedule and almost 300 percent over budget."

    Meanwhile, narco-traffickers are giving the US Coast Guard fits with submarines they're cobbling together in their garages. This is yet another example of how a poor review process leads to dubious acquisition programs.


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