Navy and Marines eye two new unmanned maritime vessels for additional demonstrations, technology upgrades

Nov. 6, 2019
The Navy released a solicitation for conceptual design of the LUSV in early September, and proposals will be coming back within the next month or so.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Navy is gaining enough experience with unmanned vehicles on and below the water’s surface that it’s becoming easier to kick off new programs, as each can build on previous program’s lessons learned, service officials say. USNI News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 Nov. 2019 -- On larger unmanned surface vessels, the Navy and Pentagon’s Ghost Fleet Overlord program moved to its second phase at the beginning of October, leading to two future programs of record: the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV) and Medium USV (MUSV).

Howard Berkof, the deputy program manager for unmanned maritime systems within the Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC), said the program's first phase wrapped up with demonstration of two vessels that had been outfitted with autonomy systems for unmanned operations.

Next will be to integrate a government command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence system into the vessel for more complex autonomy, navigation, and additional payload work. After the second phase will be additional demonstrations to ramp-up the vessel's capability.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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