Concept design of an Austal unmanned/autonomous vessel offering. Austal concept art
National Defense: Navy, Industry Eager to Develop Bigger Robo-ShipsAs the Navy’s first medium-sized robotic ship, Sea Hunter, sails the waters off the California coast, its next iteration is being built in a shipyard thousands of miles away in Mississippi.
Construction on Sea Hunter II will be completed by the end of the year, officials at lead contractor Leidos say.
The two robo-ships may be a harbinger of things to come as the Navy uses the prototypes to develop tactics, techniques and procedures and ponders how to integrate them into operations.
In 2017, the Official of Naval Research tasked Leidos to develop Sea Hunter II — an autonomous unmanned surface vehicle — with a $43.5 million contract to build the platform.
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WNU Editor: Congress is saying “slow-down” …. The Pentagon wants to forge ahead with robot warships, but Congress wants to slow the train (Defense News).