A combined US-Croatia research and development (R&D) programme is assessing the use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to monitor and potentially alter navigational positioning of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The concept is based on using USVs to navigate a UUV to a target, such as a mine, detected by another sensor.
The programme is being developed under an international agreement between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Croatian Ministry of Defence (MoD) called Co-operation in Unmanned Vehicles in the Maritime Environment (CUV-ME). The US Navy’s Naval Information Warfare Center-Pacific (NIWC-PAC) and the University of Zagreb, Croatia, are collaborating on the work.
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