Navy hopes to build fleet of 10 robot scout ships


The US Navy wants to build a fleet of 10 unmanned warships over the next five years, The Sun reported.

The Sun reporter Jon Rogers said the ships, known as Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), “would function as scouts for the main battle fleet, carrying radar and sonar as well as anti-air and cruise missiles.” Each ship would be about 200 to 300ft in length with a displacement of about 2,000 tons.

A document shared with potential contractors, posted on the FedBizOpps website, said the LUSV “will be capable of semi-autonomous or fully autonomous operation, with operators in-the-loop (controlling remotely) or on-the-loop (enabled through autonomy).”

The US Navy hopes to build two ships a year, costing £330million per pair, over five years, according to US Naval Institute News.

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H/T: The Sun