Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG) has developed an unmanned underwater vehicle designed to resemble a tuna, called the BIOSwimmer™.
Why the tuna? Because the tuna has a natural body framework ideal for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), solving some of the propulsion and maneuverability problems that plague conventional UUVs.
BIOSwimmer can inspect the interior voids of ships such as flooded bilges and tanks, and hard to reach external areas such as steerage, propulsion, and sea chests. It can also inspect and protect harbors and piers, perform area searches, and carry out other security missions.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been funding the BIOSwimmer.