Drug cartels are building their own diesel submarines in the jungles of South America. A recently caught version wasn't fully submersible—the engine needed to bring in air via a snorkel that stuck out above the waterline—but it did have a range of 3000 miles. (Via Mo Costandi)

8 Responses to “Something new under the sea”

  1. Bob Warfield says:

    Narco subs have been around for quite a while now.  This is not unusual.

  2. Ah, drug trafficking, that great stimulus to innovation!

    • BillStewart2012 says:

      The NYT mentioned that the Feds are worried that terrorists could use this technology, though none have been caught trying yet.  Just another example of how the War On Drugs is making America safer, by funding technology development for sale to the terrorist market.

  3. Brainspore says:

    In Season 6 of Breaking Bad, Walter White rebuilds his empire from the safety of his new undersea meth fortress.

  4. MadRat says:

    So it can only travel 1000 leagues under the sea?  Sounds like it’ll be a while before they can add another 19,000 leagues to that.

  5. ifreecarve says:

    When I was building AUVs with grant funding, we used to joke about how these guys in the jungle seemed to have a better budget. 

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