The US Navy is putting Xbox controllers and digital cameras in its submarines so that it can do away with things like periscopes. On older submarines, the periscope would use traditional rotating tube mechanisms limited to one person using them at any time.
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The change of design at the Navy, and says that it is using the living room and leisure technology. In its most advanced submarines, the suitably-named Virginia Class Attack Submarine. These periscopes have previously controlled with a custom joystick that sets the Navy back some $38,000 a pop and require rigorous training to use. By replacing the joystick control with an Xbox 360 controller. The Navy’s new submarine has a periscope control system that’s a fraction of the price of the joystick
“The Virginia Class attack submarine is the U.S. Navy’s newest undersea warfare platform and incorporates the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering and weapons systems technology,” explains Military.com.
Moreover, attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Special Operation Forces carry out Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, support battle group operations and engage in mine warfare. Further, the change in technology inspired by junior officers apparently asked differences that make the submarine better to use. Agreed that periscope controls are clunky and awkward that only one person to use them at once.
Meanwhile, the Navy is just like you, probably, and likes to save money where it can. It and Lockheed Martin reportedly use off the shelf technology. In addition, presume that they may have got some kind of bulk discount on controllers.
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According to the report, a $30 controller can replace $38,000 worth of gear. US Navy will begin stocking its modernized Virginia-class submarines with them. Starting with USS Colorado expected as commissioned in November