The US Department of Defense seems to be busy with planning weapons capable of penetrating the earth and blow themselves up near underground bunkers, in order to strike their enemies even when they hide in places deemed inaccessible.
In fact, on its official site, the DoD has launched a request for information, aimed at the supply of single use vehicles (that is, vehicles which blow themselves up along with their payload), with high mobility characteristics that make them similar to an UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle).
This underground robot, called RUM (Robotic Underground Munition) would be launched from an airplane with a parachute, and once it reaches the programmed coordinates, it would start softening the ground and then digging, thanks to a powerful auger or rig mounted on the vehicle, until it reaches the bunker wall.
Once the wall is reached, it would keep on perforating until it penetrates the inside of its target. Only at that point, the explosive contained inside would explode, destroying the vehicle along with the bunker and the people inside.
Aside from being useful to reach enemies hiding underground, this sort of kamikaze mole would be a great way to destroy ammunition or ordnance storage sites, effectively cutting enemy supplies to the war zones.
The required technology would include robot sensors, communication systems capable of staying connected even underground, and of course a drilling system which can dig holes not only through the most resistant rocks, but most of all through manmade constructions which should theoretically be attack proof.
If any of you fellow readers of this humble blog thinks that they have what it takes, all they have to do is contact the DoD website and send their details by April 9…