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This is a discussion on USV Developments Thread within the Navy & Maritime forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; This is intended to be a counterpart to the UAS Developments thread for all things pertaining to Unmanned Surface Vehicles ...


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USV Developments Thread

This is intended to be a counterpart to the UAS Developments thread for all things pertaining to Unmanned Surface Vehicles tech and it's applications.

To kick things off is an account of a Protector USV hitting the bullseye on a test target with a Spike missile.

WATCH: First Spike missile launch from unmanned Israeli Navy vehicle - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
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This looks to be the Golden Age of MCM warfare with the emergence of many innovative capabilities, manned and unmanned,

https://defensesystems.com/articles/.../usvowens.aspx

Navy pursues advanced drone ship mine-hunting tech

BY KATHERINE OWENSMAR 07, 2017
The Navy is continuing to move forward with development of the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) countermine technologies as part of its overall effort to create a fleet of unmanned vehicles capable of enhanced coordination while performing a wider range of technical operations...

The UISS is made of a minesweeping unit and the Textron Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) that tows it. As Defense Systems previously reported, the UISS locates and detonates sub-sea mines through emitting sounds and magnetic signatures that replicate those of a ship in order to set off mines programmed to detect passing ships... Textron reports that the CUSV is capable of traveling for up to 20 hours with a 4,000-pound load at speeds up to 20 knots per hour... In addition, according to the U.S. Naval Institute, the CUSV is being designed so that it can be easily transitioned between roles as a minesweeper, and a mine hunting and detonating support craft, with the ability to tow side-scan sonar, mine neutralization equipment, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technology (ISR), and nonlethal weapons.

“Unlike purely remote controlled boats, these [USVs] are able to perceive their environment and plan their routes without human intervention,” Robert Brizzola, program manager, Sea Platforms and Weapons, ONR, said
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