1. Modern Warfare

    U.S. Sends Sea Drones to Persian Gulf

    In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 photo a sailor speaks on his radio as the sun sets over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as it patrols the Persian Gulf. The USS Abraham Lincoln sailed from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

    The U.S. Navy is using underwater drones to find and destroy sea mines as part of the effort to keep Iran from closing the Strait of Hormuz. The unmanned craft, which cost $100,000 per unit, are 4 feet long and weigh just 88 pound, but they also include honing sonar, TV cameras, and explosive charges. Tehran has said they are willing to close the strait “in response to increasing sanctions and in the event Iran is attacked.” Meanwhile, the Department of Defense has said that Iran’s “military capabilities continue to improve.”

    Read it at The Los Angeles Times