30 April 2012

DARPA's Sea Shadow "Stealth Ship" up for Auction:

Sea Shadow
Ship didn't sell at auction once before -

Lockheed is a well-known U.S. defense contractor, and is often profiled on DailyTech thanks to its F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighter. Back in 1984, Lockheed constructed a stealth ship for the U.S. Navy to test called the Sea Shadow. At the time, the craft was the world's first stealth ship; but it wasn't officially announced until nine years later.

Other than testing stealth technology for the sea, the Sea Shadow was also used to test automation systems to reduce the number of people needed to operate a Navy vessel. The U.S. Navy, however, never commissioned the ship.

If you're loaded and have a penchant for a ship that partly inspired the 007 flick “Tomorrow Never Dies”, the Sea Shadow is up for auction on the GSA Auctions website.

The ship has nine days, 6 hours, and 21 minutes left and so far bidding is only up to $10,000. In true “eBay style”, the reserve has not yet been met. The bidding will increase by $100 per bid and once placed, it cannot be removed.

It doesn't appear that there are any limitations on who can bid on this particular auction. There is also no indication of what the reserve price might be, but considering the ship is said to have cost $195 million to build, we would wager that the reserve price is much higher than the current $10,000 bid.

Source: DailyTech. By Shane McGlaun. 25 April 2012

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