Final autonomous minehunting boat delivered to Clyde

June 21, 2021 – The third and final Royal Navy autonomous minehunting boat has been delivered to Clyde Naval Base. RNMB Hebe, named after the ancient Greek goddess of youth, has now joined sister vessels Harrier and Hazard as part of the Royal Navy’s crewless minehunting program Project Wilton. Hebe, four metres longer than her sisters and with more technology…

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Ghost Fleet Overlord Completes Second Autonomous Transit to San Diego

June 7, 2021 – The Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), in partnership with the U.S. Navy, recently conducted a second long-range autonomous transit with a Ghost Fleet Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) from the Gulf Coast, passing through the Panama Canal, to the West Coast. The unmanned vessel, named NOMAD, traveled 4,421 nautical miles (nm),…

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HII Debuts Proteus Unmanned Surface Test Vessel

May 20, 2021 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today the debut of the Proteus unmanned surface vessel (USV) for testing and development of autonomy capabilities. The 27-foot Proteus USV was outfitted with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy system and completed a successful demonstration on Friday, May 14 off the coast of Panama City, Florida. “We are thrilled to launch our…

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OIC Condemns Aggression Attempt by Using Bomb-Laden USV Towards Yanbu

April 27, 2021 – The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yusuf Al-Othaimeen, strongly condemned the aggression attempt by using a Bomb-Laden USV in the Red Sea waters off the shores of Yanbu, as it was intercepted and destroyed by the naval units of the Ministry of Defense in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Othaimeen stressed…

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USCG Completes 30 Day USV Trials

November 25, 2020 – The Coast Guard completed a 30 day demonstration and evaluation of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) off Oahu, early November. The focus of the test was to explore how current and emerging technologies might be used to enhance maritime domain awareness in remote regions. The test also showed ways USVs with assorted sensor capabilities might support the…

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KALUGS DS Demonstrated to Spanish Navy

October 26, 2020 – A collaboration between three European companies has conducted to a new solution for maritime operations related to security & defense. Sea tests of the new integral platform developed by the Spanish company UTEK was performed last week. The new solution is based in an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) and was named “KALUGA DS”. The system includes…

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No Manning Required Ship (NOMARS) Program for long-endurance Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV)

October 13, 2020 – DARPA has awarded seven contracts for work on Phase 1 of the NOMARS program, which seeks to simultaneously explore two competing objectives related to unmanned surface vessels (USV) ship design: (1) the maximization of seaframe performance when human constraints are removed; and (2) achieving sufficient vessel maintenance and logistics functionality for long endurance operations with no…

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Navy Awards First USV Family of Systems Contract Delivery Orders

August 28, 2020 – The Navy has awarded the first delivery orders from the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity – Multiple Award Contract (IDIQ-MAC) to support the Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Family of Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced Aug 28. Advanced Acoustics Concepts LLC, Arete Associates Inc., Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., and Peraton Inc. were awarded fixed-price contracts on…

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