So say you’re one of the relatively handful of people on Earth who has robbed the peasants blind and usurped local and national governments to ensure you don’t pay your fair share of taxes. But now the angry mob is at the gate of your seaside-chateau demanding blood, and your helicopter is down for repairs. What do you do? Escape in this quiet electric submarine made for two, of course.
The DeepFlight Super Falcon is the brainchild of Graham Hawkes, who spent his life designing submarines for the military. The two-seat submersible is designed to be fast and maneuverable, with an eight-hour battery life and life-support systems for up to 24 hours underwater. That should be more than enough time to escape to your offshore, off-the-grid yacht, far away from the collapsing remains of society.
At $1.7 million each, the DeepFlight Super Falcon is the kind of vehicle only the uber-rich could even consider owning, and a three-day, $15,000 training course sounds almost mandatory at that price. Then again, Hawkes has also designed submarine props for James Bond movies, so it might not be a bad idea to ask for some mini-torpedo launchers or other Bond-esque gadgets. More likely though, this electric submersible will be used to eco-tourism, the latest travel trend among the globe-trotting elite. And hey, who wouldn’t want to get up close and personal with a blue whale?
In all seriousness, if this commercial electric sub is just hitting the market, what are the chances the U.S. Navy has a similar electric sub designed for clandestine special forces machines? It’s not so sci-fi when you think about it.
Source: The Daily Telegraph