Unmanned surface vessels took a step further toward becoming a reality when a U.S. Navy research and development programme attained its first objective – to build and demonstrate a vessel on the assumption that no person steps aboard at any point in its operating cycle.
The Textron Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) vividly met this objective during the Navy’s 2011 ‘Sea Warrior’ experiment at Hampton Roads near the Norfolk Naval Base, clearing the way for subsequent Federal Government invitations to tender for work on the remaining objectives set out by the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) in its Anti-submarine Warfare Unmanned Vessel Continuos Trail (ACTUV) programme. A project aimed to develop an unmanned X-ship optimised to robustly track quiet diesel electric submarines.
Patrol Boat – Unmanned & Autonomous: Photo courtesy of AA! Systems
Fleet-Class Common Unmanned Surface Vessel by Textron
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