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Naval BMD could lose the human touch

7th July 2020 - 17:30 GMT | by Jason Sherman in New York


The US is exploring a new platform for ballistic missile defence (BMD), after the Pentagon floated the idea of using unmanned surface ships.

This concept —  if adopted — could one day yield a flotilla of USVs packed with interceptors to continuously patrol defended areas, freeing up destroyers to conduct other operations.

The concept is at a nascent stage but the technology to support the mission is maturing. 

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite advanced the idea in May, in a written response to questions submitted ahead of his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

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Jason Sherman


Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a US-based journalist. Since 1994, he has covered the Pentagon, defence industry, …

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