Pentagon drones to burst from secret ocean pods at a moment’s notice

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says its "Upward Falling Payload" is ready for Phase 3 testing in the deep sea. (DARPA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says its “Upward Falling Payload” is ready for Phase 3 testing in the deep sea. (DARPA)

The Pentagon will soon be able to cover the ocean with special pods capable of launching drones at a moment’s notice.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave defense expert Allison Barrie a look at its newest creation, the Upward Falling Payload (UFP) this week. The technology utilizes special pods that hibernate on the ocean floor until a threat materializes. The pods surface and release Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) after being signaled by U.S. military personnel.

“People thought this was an impossible, moonshot reach, and yet again DARPA has managed to achieve it,” Miss Barrie told Fox News Friday. “You can activate this pod from anywhere in the world. … It’s come so far in such a short period of time.”

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