Sea Platforms

USN’s focus on unmanned systems seen as aimed at China

11 June 2019

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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