C4iSR: Air

USN explores power options for unmanned platforms

19 September 2017

The US Navy (USN) is looking at ways to ramp up the development of power systems that could provide additional endurance for unmanned surface and underwater vessels.

One concept would enable unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to refuel on their own.

The Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ship (PEO LCS) has asked the Office of Naval Research to explore the possibility of off-board refueling for USVs.

“You could put some kind of fueling station out there and the USV could go up to it and be refueled, so you could unburden the host platform,” Captain Jon Rucker, programme manager for unmanned maritime systems for the PEO LCS, told Jane’s .

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