Saturday, April 02, 2011


Years ago we ran the story of the cocaine smuggling submarine that was found in a forest in Ecuador. Now, after all this time, we have a breakdown of its construction and capabilities.

“With a crew of four to six, it has a maximum operational range of 6,800 nautical miles on the surface and can go 10 days without refueling. Packed with 249 lead-acid batteries, the behemoth can also travel silently underwater for up to 18 hours before recharging. The most valuable feature, though, is the cargo bay, capable of holding up to 9 tons of cocaine—a street value of about $250 million. The vessel ferries that precious payload using a GPS chart plotter with side-scan capabilities and a high-frequency radio—essential gadgetry to ensure on-time deliveries. There’s also an electro-optical periscope and an infrared camera mounted on the conning tower—visual aids that supplement two miniature windows in the makeshift cockpit.” (Click here for more)

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1 comment:

stu said...

please have your boarding passes ready.