GAO: Navy Needs to Maximize Early Investments

The Navy envisions using uncrewed maritime systems—robot ships and submersibles with artificial intelligence instead of sailors—to meet current and future threats at sea. The Navy estimates it will spend $4.3 billion to acquire 21 uncrewed vehicles over the next 5 years, but this estimate doesn’t include the “digital infrastructure”—e.g., data repositories and software—needed for AI. Now, the Navy is prototyping…

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Kongsberg Has Developed the Vanguard System

Conflicting international interests in accessing and controlling sea-based trade routes, ownership of maritime territories and resources, and with an existing foreign military threat, the need for advanced, flexible and interoperable maritime assets are becoming more important than ever. Facing a continuously changing environment, with increased speed in technology development, the world’s navies need to be prepared for untraditional, new threats.…

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Navy-led Task Force Trials Drones in Gulf

Solar and wind-powered drones have been tested in the Gulf by a Royal Navy-led task force to bolster security. Sail drones – which look like sailboards, but are packed with cutting-edge sensors to monitor activity – were trialed in the approaches to Bahrain by the team running Operation Sentinel. The multi-national task force – commanded by the Royal Navy’s Commodore…

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Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles

The Navy wants to develop and procure three types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) called Specialist in Naval Affairs Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs), and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs). The Navy’s proposed FY2022 budget requests $434.1 million in research and development funding for these large UVs and their enabling technologies.

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Another ARCIMS Uncrewed MCM System for the Royal Navy

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK) has been contracted by the DE&S Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) Team to deliver a further ARCIMS uncrewed minehunting system for the UK Royal Navy (RN). The uncrewed surface vessel based system named RNMB HYDRA complements the 4 existing ARCIMS systems (RNMBs HUSSAR, HALCYON, HARRIER and HAZARD) being supplied to the RN for mine sweeping and minehunting…

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DriX USV Selected by Polish Navy

The Hydrographic Office of the Polish Navy has purchased iXblue DriX Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) through the company’s local partner THESTA. The USV will be advancing the Polish Navy hydrographic capabilities. An 8m USV developed to conduct various missions, DriX is particularly well suited for hydrographic surveys. Equipped with advanced sensors (radar, lidar, cameras…) and its own artificial intelligence, the…

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Drones Take Over Route Survey Duties at Faslane

A new crewless minehunter is being tested by the Royal Navy as part of the growing drive towards autonomous systems. Designed to detect the latest mine threats – and reduce the risk to the lives of those searching for them – the system is the fruit of the joint Anglo-French Maritime Mine Counter Measures program. Demonstrators have been delivered to…

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