Chinese Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV)


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Student projects from two different universities: manta ray UUV and an underwater helicopter.

Manta ray:
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Underwater helicopter:
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AUV-RS 'Smart' Unmanned Underwater Combat System...

Five different models of varying sizes. At least one of the models is capable of deploying destructive payload. As seen in the photo below, it can deploy missiles to attack surface ships, to detonate mines. It can even deploy payload that pops onto the surface to communicate with satellites. What it isn't clear to me is whether the featured payloads also belong in the same AUV-RS family.
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AUV-RS family is a joint-project between the military and the private sector. Interestingly, it has no rudder or movable control surfaces, making it low-observable and low drag. Fixed stabilizers are mounted on the nose. It features four highly-efficient propellers that also serve to steer the vessel, making it quiet and maneuverable. It's capable of traverse in reverse, fixed-position hovering, rotating in any direction while remaining in a fixed position, etc. Four prototypes are undergoing testing at
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. Missions include underwater surveying, environmental surveying, intelligence gathering, anti-submarine warfare, mine-clearing, etc.
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Here's the AUV-RS family in the flesh.

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