The Western media began to discuss leaks of information about an underwater drone codenamed "Cephalopod", which Russia has allegedly been developing since 2015. A very telling name - in biology, cephalopods are called deep-sea squids, which even a sperm whale is able and willing to fight. In this case, we are talking about an autonomous robot that will literally hunt enemy submarines.
Unlike the atomic Poseidon, about which the Russian authorities spoke officially, there is practically no information about the Cephalopod. Of the well-known, the first thing that attracts attention is the chassis. There is a large propeller and rudders, analogs of systems used on submarines, which provides the robot with a quiet ride, stealth and duration of movement under water. However, they come with a group of small maneuvering impellers - they are needed to hover and make unexpected "throws" at the enemy.
The Cephalopod is probably armed with a large stock of small-sized thermal torpedoes (MTTs) with a caliber of 324 mm. They are actively used in systems like "Packet-NK" for anti-submarine warfare in the near zone. But they can also shoot down enemy torpedoes - the cephalopod will be able to both track down serious targets and patrol the coastline or serve as a bodyguard for missile submarines. A versatile and very dangerous underwater drone hunter.
Western experts comment on such information leaks as the fact that submarine warfare is entering a new era. Previously, submarines were built for three tasks: sinking large ships, hitting each other and carrying strategic missiles. Cars like the Cephalopod are practically useless against an aircraft carrier or an enemy flotilla, but imagine the horror of submariners who realize that a robot has begun hunting them, which in principle cannot be frightened by retaliation. And if Russian cephalopods also begin to stray into flocks ...