(Israel National News) The United States has deployed a fleet of robot subs in the Gulf to prevent Iran from blocking the strategic Strait of Hormuz with mines in the event of a crisis, officials said Thursday.

A Navy official told AFP that the “SeaFox” drone “has been deployed in the Fifth fleet AOR,” which includes the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

The undersea drone is about four feet long and equipped with a camera and sonar. It is guided by a cable from a ship.

AFP reported that German manufacturer Atlas Electronik says the drone has a range of about 3,200 feet and carries an explosive to destroy mines.

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