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All market data delayed 20 minutes. File photo – The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) pulls into Pearl Harbor July 6 as part of the biannual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 maritime exercise.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton/Released) The Navy is expanding its attack submarine strategy to further emphasize enhanced “spy” like intelligence, surveillance reconnaissance missions to quietly patrol shallow waters near enemy coastline – scanning for enemy submarines, surface ships and coastal threats. Improved undersea navigation and detection technology, using new sonar, increased computer automation and artificial intelligence, enable quieter, faster movements in littoral waters where enemy mines, small boats and other threatening assets often operate.

Virginia-Class submarines are engineered with a “Fly-by-Wire” capability which allows the ship to quietly linger in shallow waters without having to surface or have each small move controlled by a human operator. With “Fly-by-Wire” technology, a human operator will order depth and speed, allowing software to direct the movement of the planes and rudder to maintain course and depth, Navy program managers have told Warrior Maven.

The ships can be driven primarily through software code and electronics, thus freeing up time and energy for an operator who does not need to manually control each small maneuver. Previous Los Angeles-Class submarines rely upon manual, hydraulic controls. Read more from foxnews.com…

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