A new US Navy minecart will launch into the water to test underwater warfare capabilities, the Navy announced on Monday.
The new Minecarts, which the Navy calls Minecocks, will launch from a ship, can carry about 200 pounds of equipment and will be launched from a special platform.
The Minecams can carry three or four crew members, and are powered by batteries.
They can carry up to eight passengers.
They will test a range of capabilities from anti-submarine warfare to detecting enemy mines.
The Navy has previously deployed mines to the South China Sea.
The minecams will be used in the Atlantic and Pacific, and will test how mines can be detected by underwater equipment.
“We’re using the newest technology,” Rear Adm.
Robert L. Williams, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.
“They’re designed for the future and we’re testing them to see how they can be used by tomorrow’s operators.
We have a lot of technology ahead of us and I’m excited to see where it leads us.”
The Minecock can launch by parachute, a device that allows the ship to launch its minecannons underwater, or by a catapult.
The minecock is designed to be able to launch from the sea, and has been in service since the 1960s.