SACS  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Stealthy Affordable Capsule System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: SACS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Stealthy Affordable Capsule System (SACS) is a low-cost, disposable encapsulation system that allows weapons and vehicles to be released from submarines even if they were not designed for undersea use. Thus, weapons and vehicles not originally designed for the US Navy can be employed by the submarine force without undergoing expensive modifications. This way the US Navy can get additional cost saving in specific weapons and vehicles development for submarine use.

SACS was developed by Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems and was first tested by the US Navy during Silent Hammer exercise simulating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch in January 2005. The test was conducted by USS Georgia submarine off the Southern California coast. The SACS containing a surrogate UAV was released through missile tube and then the capsule ascended to the surface and then launched the UAV. The vehicle's environment was maintained during release and travel to the surface.

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