The US Navy Is Developing Mothership Drones for Coastal Defense

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ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 28, 2016) Sailors assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1, launch an underwater unmanned vehicle in the Arabian Gulf during routine testing operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Thompson)

 

The service is looking to accelerate the way it buys, builds and drills drones and robotic ships.

The U.S. Navy and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are developing robotic boats that can launch aerial and sub drones to protect U.S. coastal waters.

Our focus will be on developing a multi-vehicle system that can safely and reliably navigate coastal waters with a high level of autonomy while performing assigned tasks,” Manhar Dhanak, director of SeaTech, the Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering in FAU’s Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, said in a press release. Continue reading

The US Navy’s ‘ghost hunter’ hits the water: Robo-boats set to track down silent enemy submarines for months at a time

  • Designed to hunt down silent and deadly diesel-electric submarines
  • Robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time

The US Navy is set to unleash an army of ‘ghost drones’ to scour the coasts for enemy submarines.

The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time. Continue reading