Wednesday, November 25, 2020

DEA busts $1.5m electric narcosub - update

The high-capacity narco submarine was found on the Cucurrupí River in the Chocó area of Colombia. It would have carried some six metric tons of cocaine, valued at around $120m. Most narco submarines interdicted carry around 1.6 metric tons of cocaine, worth $30m to 35m. Virtually all narco submarines interdicted at sea have been more correctly termed low-profile vessels (LPVs). They are semi-submersibles, designed to run low in the water to avoid detection. They cannot fully submerge. With an estimated endurance of 12 hours, this narcosub could remain submerged for 32 nautical miles
The Colombian military, working with the DEA, discovered a new type of narcosub that runs on battery power and is designed to completely submerge for short periods. The vessel is designed to carry 6 metric tons of cocaine. The boat carries 10 tons of batteries, giving it enough power to remain submerged for up to 12 hours while running at three knots. Analysts believe the boat was designed to be towed by another boat. Once near its destination, the narcosub would be cut loose and proceed under its own power. After the $1.5m sub unloaded it's cargo, it would be sent to the bottom.

Features include a fully enclosed, cylindrical hull, a hex-shaped viewing port with windows for navigating, and four dive planes designed to allow it to submerge underwater.
South American drug cartels invented narcosubs. The boats first appeared as an alternative to go-fast boats, which are more likely to be intercepted. The cartels continuously up their game.
See ----->Narco submarines