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US Navy plans Corvette-sized unmanned fleet

US Navy plans Corvette-sized unmanned fleet


INDUSTRY WATCH  |  18 AUGUST 2019


SeaHunter is currently the largest unmanned vessel in use by the US Navy.
Naval Technology


The US Navy is planning to build a fleet of 10 Corvette-sized Large Unmanned Surface Vessels (LUSV) within the next five years to assist its main manned fleet by completing ‘dull, dirty, or dangerous’ missions.


The Navy outlined its aims for the systems in a draft request for industry proposals, saying: “The LUSV will be a high-endurance, reconfigurable ship able to accommodate various payloads for unmanned missions to augment the Navy’s manned surface force.


“With a large payload capacity, the LUSV will be designed to conduct a variety of warfare operations independently or in conjunction with manned surface combatants.”