The US Navy (USN) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for its Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV) programme, an official said at the Xponential 2019 exhibition being held in Chicago from 30 April to 2 May.
Captain Pete Small, Program Manager Unmanned Maritime Systems (PMS 406) at the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA’s) Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC), said an RFP had been issued on 26 April for reconfigurable and low-cost multi-mission USVs that can offer high endurance and flexibility to accommodate various payloads and augment the USN’s manned surface force.
The MUSV will be comparable with ongoing developments such as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter and is expected to be between 12 and 50 m in length.
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