The increased, accelerated US Navy (USN) investment in unmanned systems appears to be geared for facing future threats from China and other potential peer competitors, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
The navy wants to develop and procure three new types of unmanned vehicles (UVs) in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) and beyond - large unmanned surface vehicles (LUSVs), medium unmanned surface vehicles (MUSVs), and extra-large unmanned undersea vehicles (XLUUVs), the CRS noted in its report, 'Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress', released 7 June.
The USN is requesting USD628.8 million in FY 2020 research and development funding for these three UV programmes "and their enabling technologies", the CRS points out.
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