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The Wabbler is an autonomous robotic underwater munition. It is launched from a plane into waters outside enemy scrutiny, and then it slowly makes its way to the target.
Compare to another autonomous underwater robot Mitsubishi turbot from Slow Life (2002) by Michael Swanwick.
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