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http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/26319/usns-sea-hunter-drone-ship-has-sailed-autonomously-to-hawaii-and-back-amid-talk-of-new-roles

 

 

“The Sea Hunter program is leading the world in unmanned, fully autonomous naval ship design and production,” Gerry Fasano, Leidos Defense Group President, said in the press release. “The recent long-range mission is the first of its kind and demonstrates to the U.S. Navy that autonomy technology is ready to move from the developmental and experimental stages to advanced mission testing.”

The MDUSV did have a manned escort throughout the voyages. Personnel did board Sea Hunter at times to check the ship’s electronics and propulsion system, but Leidos did not say whether or not any repairs were necessary during any of the transits.

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Ill wait till they can do that with supercarriers before im overly concerned. :)

 

And fly like this one ;)

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Just one ATC strike and they would be SOL. :)

 

It does raise the interesting question of the hackers of tomorrow taking control of chunks of an enemy fleet, and turning them on their former masters. Kind of like a Spartican revolt but for robots. In which case the more robots you have, the more disadvantaged you are.

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I suppose like everything else dealing with new tech there will have be adjustments made to long standing laws and customs. Of course that will lag way behind the new tech, and there may even be a nice little boom in the marine salvage business.

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You will note that those laws have seldom changed, probably not at all in the last century+

Yeah, but I suppose if enough sea drones get salvaged there will be a set of rules for autonomous unmanned vessels or something. I expect that before that happens countries will start fitting them with anti handling measures of varying leathality.

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It is my understanding from several minutes reading Wikipedia that the vessel must be in peril for salvage to apply. A crewed ship a drift without crew would likely be in peril. A drone under its own or remote control would probably not be.

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It is my understanding from several minutes reading Wikipedia that the vessel must be in peril for salvage to apply. A crewed ship a drift without crew would likely be in peril. A drone under its own or remote control would probably not be.

 

In which case all the "salvors" have to do is tow a line in front of the ship to foul the prop(s), then claim the vessel is in peril :)

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If these vessels can sail the seven seas and destroy nuc subs, their sensor and weapons arrays might just be sufficient to thwart pirates and salvors. Other navies will have to give way under existing intl law of the sea.

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http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/26915/navys-budget-requests-two-huge-missile-laden-drone-ships-that-displace-2000-tons

 

 

follow on large displacement 'drone' ship looks like its in the budget..... the navy might finally get an arsenal of samller aresnal ships...

 

snip from the article:

The U.S. Navy wants to buy as many as 10 Large Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessels, or LDUSVs, over the next five years at the cost of approximately $2.7 billion. These drone ships, which could be remarkably large and complex—up to 300 feet long and displacing some 2,000 tons—would be a major step forward for the service's plans to develop unmanned surface fleets.

The Navy unveiled the planned purchases as part of the rollout of the overall U.S. military budget request for the 2020 Fiscal Year on Mar. 12, 2019. The 2020 Fiscal Year proposal itself includes $400 million to pay for the first two LDUSVs. The service would then ask for money to buy two more of these drone ships each fiscal year for the next four years.

 

These drone ships "will serve as both a sensor and a shooter" U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Randy B. Crites, the service's Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, said in a briefing on Mar. 12, 2019. They will be "smaller, ... more attritable than conventional ships, in addition to being more affordable," he added.

The Navy is still developing its requirements for these vessels and concepts of operation (CONOPS) for it how might employ them, but has described the notional LDUSVs as longer than 164 feet in the past. Rear Admiral Crites would not say that there is firm, validated requirement for the drones ships, but did say that the Navy was presently working with a concept revolving around a hullform closer to 200 to 300 feet long with a displacement of around 2,000 tons. This would place the drone vessels in the same general size class as manned corvettes.

 

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