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US Navy close to putting unmanned minesweepers into operation

The United States Navy is close to creating fully autonomous mine minesweepers. This was reported by the portal DefenseNews.

Naval the fleet The United States has been able to successfully demonstrate workable autonomous marine clearance systems. One component is an unmanned boat that detects a threat with a sonar. As soon as a threat is detected, the vessel classifies the object, and uses another system that destroys the mine. This is published by DefenseNews, citing Stephen Olson, deputy head of the mine war department in the naval department.

To remove the “human factor” and the man himself from the potential zone of increased danger - from a minefield - is a long-standing dream of both the naval and army leaders of many countries. In addition to the benefits of increased safety for military personnel, unmanned clearance accelerates the process, which today is traditionally carried out by ordinary minesweepers with crew and highly qualified divers.

A successful test opens the opportunity to reduce the human resources spent on mine clearance, and instead of the many specialists in various fields necessary for the procedure, have only a small group of operators who can monitor entire groups of mine action robots. The US Navy is still hiding the details of a successful experiment.

At present, the Navy cannot disclose any additional test details beyond those described by Mr. Olson.

- said a spokeswoman for the US Navy, Lieutenant Brittany Stevens.

The challenge is to speed up the clearance process

The autonomous mine search system is a Textron unmanned surface ship the size of a bass boat (a small boat used for spinning fishing). The vessel is equipped with the Raytheon AQS-20 sonar system for detecting mines. Finally, after the operator authorizes the destruction of the object, the unmanned submarine Barracuda Expendable is released to capture and destroy the target.

If you are familiar with mines, mine clearance is painfully slow. When management says, “We need to clear the minefield,” and you say, “How much time do I have?” They look at the clock. I will tell them that the process can take weeks, and they will answer: “We need this to be done now.” New systems should significantly speed up the process.

Olson said in a speech at an international conference in London on defense systems.

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  1. The popuas
    The popuas 10 September 2019 17: 36
    We have smart minefields with AI elements feel let these fields be caught first and then try to trawl wassat
    1. Honest Citizen
      Honest Citizen 10 September 2019 17: 44
      Well, someone in space, someone in the sea - there is no market ...
      1. The popuas
        The popuas 10 September 2019 18: 53
        Where about space, I'm talking about smart minefields for the Russian Navy ...
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 10 September 2019 17: 36
    What can I say, we must do it ourselves!
    If you take foreign experience as an example, then the best!
  3. Nycomed
    Nycomed 10 September 2019 17: 39
    There is a healthy grain.
  4. Ravil_Asnafovich
    Ravil_Asnafovich 10 September 2019 17: 45
    And we have a bolt with a reverse thread, sorry for the pun. But these minke whales are quietly driving not only us, but the whole world into an arms race.
  5. Azazelo
    Azazelo 10 September 2019 18: 05
    as close as with the zumwald ????
    APASUS 10 September 2019 18: 22
    How effective are such systems for smart mines? Progress does not stand still in this sense
  7. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 10 September 2019 20: 47
    * The task is to expedite the clearance process *
    It’s strange. In theory, accelerated clearance - to get out of the bombing, volley systems, aircraft, in the end, someone will have available during the war - along the fairway. Then the trawler will go. With their stray. I heard, somehow it’s planned to use minesweepers.
    And it’s not that the lone minesweeper went into the sea to trawl incomprehensibly and where it is incomprehensible, and was blown up by an unknown mine. Now, however, not the forty-first year ...
    By the way, SZ * Sea * (I boast not without pride) -I had the honor to produce minesweepers (including). Unfortunately, I was too young in those blessed times. hi
  8. Alien From
    Alien From 11 September 2019 00: 34
    But this is a serious statement!
  9. Archivist Vasya
    Archivist Vasya 11 September 2019 09: 58
    And we are close to mine-AI fields fellow I think they will find each other laughing