Sea Platforms

DARPA reveals plans for NOMARS unmanned ship

12 December 2019

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has laid out plans for another innovative unmanned autonomous ship programme a decade after launching its ground-breaking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme.

In an information notice issued on 3 December, the agency’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) advised that its No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS) programme “seeks to design a ship that can operate autonomously for long durations at sea, enabling a clean-sheet ship design process that eliminates design considerations associated with crew”. DARPA is sponsoring a proposer’s day on 13 January 2020 where potential bidders will be given more details on the NOMARS.

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