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US Navy stresses simplicity in unmanned vessel design

25th June 2019 - 15:45 GMT | by Marc Selinger in Washington, DC


The US Navy wants its future unmanned vessels to have simpler designs than manned ships to ensure they are relatively inexpensive and can therefore be bought in large numbers, according to an official at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

‘I’m really challenging the tech force to think differently about unmanned systems,’ said RADM Lorin Selby, chief engineer and deputy commander for ship design, integration and naval engineering at NAVSEA. ‘If it looks more like a manned thing than an unmanned thing, I don’t think we can afford that.’

For example, the navy should consider whether a USV could accomplish its

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Marc Selinger


Marc Selinger

Marc is a freelance contributor to Shephard Media's news streams, with decades of experience writing …

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