Navy’s new tracks, massive strike, the player can’ attack drones

Illustration of DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV)

The Navy was quick to build a new, medium -, and large-armed surface attack drones to hunt down submarines and sea, the sky and the sea, and to launch offensive attacks on air-to-air, surface, and undersea domains.

That is called the Medium of an Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSV) and an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV), the new platforms will be described in detail by the Navy to developers, as well as anti-surface and strike warfare” ship.

While in the new area presence can be created for a variety of missions including anti-submarine sonar applications, a large drone fleet, a command-and-control, and it is a beautiful, ISR (Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance) — Navy’s Unmanned aerial Systems Program Manager Capt. Little Had said that the drones “will have to bring in a us Navy program of record weapons and systems integration in a commercial and / or derivative of a modular craft.”

The Navy has asked industry for specific configurations are by way of a formal Request for Proposal for this year, and plans next steps with the LUSV the next year.

“We’re going to deploy them in numbers,” Small said recently at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Symposium.

During the preparation of the arm for the marine drones with arms, and Small explains that the initial focus of the new, larger surface area, drones will be in independence, persistence, precision, navigation, and command-and-control. Is of the greatest importance, Little is explained, is that, in the face of a large number of other, armed, surface, fact, the introduction of a whole new area of Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures. This space-drones, which operate in conjunction with surface vessels, underwater drones, aerial drones, and submarines, and the promise to change the character of naval warfare.


“Over the next few years, we will work through those TTPs, how we are going to use them,” said the Little one.

Little was added to the rapidly growing MUSVs and LUSVs expected, a prominent figure in the Navy’s ongoing “analysis of alternatives” on how to make the most of the Future Fighter Force” – a concept similar to that expressed in the departments’ “Maintain the Maritime Supremacy 2.0.”

The Navy has teamed with Textron Systems, for action plans to focus on the fine-tuning of the requirements for the reinforcement of the surface of fact, the evaluation of the technology, the implementation of force protection exercises, and to replicate the mock combat scenarios.

The exact weapons will be assessed by Textron and the Navy are not available for security reasons, but they have to be included to run a set of mission statement, the developers said. These tasks include such things as perimeter security, in which unmanned aerial vehicles-armed surface ships have been forward deployed to identify and approach the targets, while protecting the larger ships, such as Littoral Combat Ships or even Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups.

Reinforced surface with drones, it seems to be self-evident, and can also lead to a significant effective protection of the element of surface warfare. Network of drone boats could be spread over large areas of the open ocean, possibly in coordination with the aerial drones, the fire on the approaching enemy ships, boats and the flocks, and even incoming missiles. The Navy has a multi-layered suite of the ship launched interceptor missiles, or to the SeaRAM, the Rolling Airframe Missile, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II – and even then, the phalanx-fires the Close-in-Weapons-System is the closest to the approaching enemy. It seems to be conceivable, there must be a way to set up a network of sensors, radar, and fire control, some of the interceptor’s weapons would be able to arm, forward deployed unmanned aerial vehicles / vessels. In the first place, but the nearest-term applications, and this is most likely due to the smaller, more mobile assault guns, such as .50 cal machine guns, 57 mm guns, or any other standard, deck-wood, weapons, or even a MANPAD types of heat-seeking anti-air-to-air and surface warfare, attack of the weapons.


As an unmanned ship, it is certainly less likely to have a Vertical-Launch Systems for large interceptor missiles, could be that the smaller weapons, and a variety of deck-mounted systems are easy to integrate in a medium-sized or large area of drone. However, the configuration of a large area with a drone to fire torpedoes, it would be able to stay within the boundaries of the possible.

This is the kind of weapons range, and the ability of the interceptors, a variety of gun systems, and a number of small from a distance, the missiles were fired, it would be able to target enemy’s drones, lower-flying aircraft, and the attacks of the smaller ships and the enemy ships from reaching otherwise difficult to reach with the onboard sensors and weapons.

Defensive is used for a multitude of boats, could lead to a significant increase in the ship’s system; it must be an enemy trying to overwhelm ship defenses with a flying swarm of small-boat attacks, a barrage of incoming weapons, multi-layered ship defense, it could, at the very least, to be challenged, according to at least 2017 is an article from the Journal of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

In the essay entitled “The advantages and disadvantages of Swarms of Bees,” by Irving Lachow, which emphasizes the defensive use of swarms of drone boats. “The Navy is currently conducting a study on the use of defensive bees can help to stop the attackers. Bunch of boats, and can be an effective way to protect yourself from a swarm of bees: drone, at drone,” the essay states.

This is further reinforced by a 2013 RAND study, called the “U.S. Navy Employment Options for Unmanned Surface Vehicles.” As part of an in-depth analysis of the surface of drone warfare, the RAND study seems to hints of what has evolved over the past five years. Among other things, the sites will notify the Marine UVSs, if it is to have an organic capability in order to “counter fast-attack craft.” The RAND report identifies a number of specific control of, and the benefits potentially provided by the USVs, as compared to Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and aerial drones.

— “USVs will have a greater potential capacity and endurance than a similar-sized unmanned aerial vehicles / systems in other domains as well. They are in a position to make use of a higher-density energy sources than UUVs (hydrocarbons instead of batteries), as well as, as opposed to the uavs, that is, they do not need to have to burn fuel just to maintain their vertical position; if desired, they may be relatively slow, for days or even weeks without refueling.” – from the RAND study.


Since the early days of the investigation, the Navy has made significant progress in the engineering of large submarine drones capable of considerable resistance, such as the now-under-construction Package. However, it is not only the USVs to bring the benefits cited in the study, but they also have less technical hurdles when it comes to networking, command and control, and the sharing of intelligence in real-time.

USVs could also potentially lead to an unprecedented electronic warfare capability is one of the major disadvantages when it comes to an electronic attack, the risk of an attacker will give their location away by virtue of the transmission of a wide range of detectable signal. For this reason, the military services have been working with the industrial engineer, eng-configured, electronic attack, signals. In view of this challenge, is to have an unmanned system to perform EW missions, and reduce the risk to the sailors who may be put at risk, a signal can be detected by the enemy.

Broken out by an armed drone boats to be able to provide a basis for a safer, defensive operations, as they would be able to spread out and look for areas to connect, test the enemy’s defenses and deal with enemy targets in a lot closer, as unmanned aerial vehicles, ships, wouldn’t there be a risk of immediate death, to a boarding-a vacation.

Larger USVs, it would appear, you would be able to bring the promise of a larger, forward-deployed command and control, along with an increased ability to integrate a range of separate functions. For example, it all seems to be assumed that a new LUSV was able to combine the submarine hunting and mine-counter-measures, command-and-control, and in the face of an attack.

As a front-seated vehicle, you can turn to a greater depth, the human vessels, in order to work at a safer standoff ranges. Also, due to the extension of the limits of the technology, with a larger surface area, presence that could bring in untold amounts of stamina and endurance. Not only would they have no need to limit the mission of dwell time is due to a desire to return the human crew, but the larger bees could carry more fuel, supplies and ammunition.

Marine developers it is clear that the new MUSV and LUSV will harvest the lessons learned to up-and-coming technology, which is built-in to the well-known DARPA-Navy SeaHunter in one of the 132-foot sub-hunting surface drone. The SeaHunter, is in development for a number of years, due to the use of advanced hydro-acoustics, pattern recognition, and algorithms for unmanned aerial vehicles navigation to find, and shade, as well as diesel-electric enemy submarines.


The development of the new bees have been woven into an existing Navy program called the Unmanned Marine Autonomy Architecture and a co-ordinated technology push ” in order to advance the autonomy, and the creation of a new user interface control documents, Small said.

In order to take advantage of the built-in ability to house larger, more complex payloads, the new LUSV, and MUSV have been, by design, it is built with a set of common standards and defined interfaces for new weapons, tools and technologies, but it happens. The strategy, which is the use of inter-protocol as well as the hardware architecture, it can not only reduce your hardware footprint, but it will help in the creation of the technical infrastructure that is necessary for further modernisation.

The widening of the opening of the new and emerging web and aligned with the Navy’s broader strategy of using USVs, which makes use of a variety of cargos, to wipe, to hunt down and destroy enemy mines. This is a concept, it seems clear to me that I, too, can be applied more generally to a large area with a drone, which can not only perform countermine missions, and attacks on u-boats, and the networks with aerial drones, underwater systems, larger ships, or even land-based combat and equipment.

Autonomy and human-led command-and-control systems that form the basis of the Navy’s fast-moving, multi-year, “the Ghost Fleet, a project engineer for a fleet of a co-ordinated and consistent surface presence in the state, in order to share time-sensitive combat information in real-time on the force. In development for many years by the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Ghost Fleet is not designed to be used by the most sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies that are available to you. The goal is to get swarm of synchronized drones to capture, organize, and distribute the key and the sensor data, such as the location of the mines, enemy submarines, surface ships, or incoming enemy fire.

“Ghost Fleet” represents the part of the Marine strategy, to the sea, is a counter to stun and attack enemies in a co-ordinated manner, all while sailing to a host of ships a safer distance.

In fact, the Minor explained that the emergence of LUSV, and MUSV drone boats that are designed especially with the ‘Ghost’ Fleet in mind, as they will be expected to make use of and incorporate advances in energy. The new vessels will operate in tandem with the Navy and is now in the development of the fleet of small boats USVs for the Unmanned Influence Sweep system and the emerging Mine Countermeasures USV, among others.

In view of the fact that securing the international waterways, are a major foundation of the Navy’s missions for the armed drone boat, it would seem as though, clearly, it would be well placed to provide both the continuous monitoring and protection of others.


It is interesting that it is a greater result of a large-scale, surface drone, the construction would be for a Marine fleet of over 355 vessels, including USVs.

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