Given the small size, VLWTs could also be used as a submarine launched mobile mine, or SLMM. SLMMs are essentially torpedoes that can be launched and propelled to remote locations. In places with high ocean traffic, like shipping lanes, SLMMs can lie in wait and be used to restrict traffic during a conflict scenario.
Whatever its future role, the Very Lightweight Torpedo will soon be coming to a submarine near you.
Caleb Larson holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He lives in Berlin and writes on U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policy, German politics, and culture.
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