The US Navy (USN) likely will turn toward the use of more unmanned systems for countermine (MCM) operations that depend on aviation assets, said Sam Taylor, USN Mine Warfare senior leader.
“There will be an aviation piece [for MCM operations],” Taylor said on 8 May during a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) briefing at the Navy League 2019 Sea-Air-Space exposition, held in National Harbor, Maryland, from 6 to 8 May.
“Aviation probably will be unmanned as we move further and further out,” he said.
Taylor specifically cited a vertical take-off unmanned aircraft as a likely candidate.
One such system that is part of the mission modules being developed for the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) – vessels slated to perform MCM missions – is the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout.
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