Navy Planning Aggressive Unmanned Ship Prototyping, Acquisition Effort | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Navy Planning Aggressive Unmanned Ship Prototyping, Acquisition Effort

The Navy has tightly coupled early prototyping efforts and future acquisition efforts for medium and large unmanned surface vehicles, to speed up the time it will take to experiment with the vessels and get them fielded to fleet commanders, the program manager said last week.

The Navy recently accelerated its timelines for fielding the Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV) and Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV) – both of which were planned to be part of the Future Surface Combatant family of systems fielded in the 2020s, but have since been accelerated to Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020 acquisition dates, respectively.

Capt. Pete Small, unmanned maritime systems program manager (PMS 406) within the Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants, said last week that there are still many questions to be answered about operating unmanned systems, but that the Navy would only figure out the answers once a larger number of vehicles were purchased, built and swimming around in the water.

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