The new system, made by French defense giant Thales working with the U.K.'s BAE, combines the goal of stopping underwater explosives with the dream of commanding a team of robots. A unmanned surface vehicle (or roboat, if you prefer) will use sonar to detect minefields and then deploy its own remotely operated vehicles. The autonomous underwater vehicles, or robot submarines, will use sophisticated sonar to better identify the underwater mines. Then they'll "neutralize" the mines--it's not clear whether that means ramming into the mines and blowing themselves up in the process, or perhaps attaching a second explosive to the mine to make it explode. The entire robot team will deployed from a naval vessel, and will communicate with a human-operated control station through a high-capacity data connection, though Thales wants the system to have a high degree of autonomy.