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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