Sea Platforms

Surface Navy 2017: Sea Hunter trials to inform unmanned debate for next surface combatant

11 January 2017

Key Points

  • Testing of the Sea Hunter MDUSV will help the USN understand how unmanned systems may play in its thinking for the future surface combatant
  • DARPA and ONR are funding a two-year test and trials programme for Sea Hunter

Trials of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) demonstrator Sea Hunter will help the US Navy (USN) to understand how unmanned systems could fit into its next-generation future surface combatant capability requirements, according to Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, the service's Director, Surface Warfare.

Originally developed under DARPA's Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme, Sea Hunter has latterly been characterised as an MDUSV to reflect its broader utility in the surface warfare environment.

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