Armed Forces News

The Navy plans to expand development of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles, with the intent of expanding their presence during fleet operations. The service wants to move its unmanned programs “from the information age to the collaboration age,” Capt. Pete Small, program manager for unmanned systems, said, in an article published by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The push comes as the Navy and other military services are facing threats from potential adversary nations that could challenge U.S. superiority in the unmanned domain. AUVSI reported that the Navy issued a request for proposals for a medium unmanned surface vehicle in late April, and is requesting money for a larger such vessel in the 2020 budget. The Navy wants to issue a contract for the large unmanned surface vessel by 2023.