US Navy going to equip drones


US Navy Command wants to robot part fleet. To achieve this goal, a course has been taken on the development and production of unmanned warships with remote control. The first in line will be unmanned patrol boats.


In a report on the vision for the future development of the US Navy, Admiral John Richardson made two crucial conclusions. First, the United States needs to increase the number of warships. The second - it is necessary to more actively introduce new technologies in the US Navy.

Note that unmanned boats are already used by the US Navy for mine action. But now the American naval command is discussing the prospect of creating unmanned ships that could carry out reconnaissance and even strike functions, being equipped with special equipment, artillery and missile weapons.

A weighty argument in favor of the automation of warships is their low cost. Unmanned ships can cost the US budget much less than modern ships with crew from sailors. In addition, the use of unmanned vehicles minimizes the risks of loss of personnel, the spread of diseases among crew members, etc.

Back in 2019, Rear Admiral William Gallins said that the U.S. Navy was going to launch a remote-controlled ship development program. This program will cover at least 2 classes of warships. The first ship is a medium-sized unmanned surface ship capable of acting as a scout and equipped with radar and sonar equipment. The second ship is supposed to be designed the size of an ordinary corvette, equipping it with rocket launchers.

Rear Admiral John Neagley, who is in command of the U.S. Navy for small warships and unmanned vessels, said that a contract for the production of such a vessel could be concluded in 2023. However, we venture to suggest that the coronavirus epidemic and associated costs may slightly shift these dates.

Some US military experts suggest modifying coast guard boats by roboticizing them and turning them into unmanned vessels. Instead of developing a new small unmanned ship from scratch, patrol boats can be modified, thus solving two pressing problems of the Navy - replacing Cyclone-class patrol boats and creating a new unmanned ship.

At the same time, the US Navy command acknowledges that developing a new coast guard unmanned patrol boat will not be an easy task. Of course, the first boats will still go to sea with the crew, but the tendency to a gradual reduction in the number of personnel of the crews of boats as the development and expansion of the use of artificial intelligence should prevail. Robots will gradually replace crew members until the boat can become completely unmanned, working on a remote control.

In favor of fleet robotization, financial considerations also speak. As you know, President Donald Trump headed for an increase in the number of ships in the US Navy. But this is a very expensive event, but the robotization of the fleet’s crew will just solve the problem of lack of funds, providing the US Navy with new ships at lower financial cost.

By the way, unmanned vehicles will undoubtedly be cheaper than manned ones in everyday maintenance: for example, the operation of a single destroyer of the U.S. Navy will cost the American treasury hundreds of thousands of dollars a day, and the operation of an unmanned ship will cost about 20 thousand dollars a day. The difference is ten times. The only question is how soon the designers will be able to develop those unmanned ships, about the need for which they say in the command of the Navy.
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  1. Doccor18 April 16 2020 14: 34 New
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    "The US Navy command wants to robotize part of the fleet. To achieve this goal, a course has been taken on the development and production of unmanned warships with remote control. The first in line will be unmanned patrol boats."

    Unmanned boats equipped with heavy machine guns
    will eventually lead to the collapse of the Iranian "boat pressure"
    in the Strait of Hormuz.
    1. svp67 April 16 2020 15: 01 New
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      Quote: Doccor18
      Unmanned boats equipped with heavy machine guns
      will eventually lead to the collapse of the Iranian "boat pressure"
      in the Strait of Hormuz.

      And the "processing" of these "drones" with electronic warfare equipment will not lead to the collapse of "unmanned pressure"?
      1. Alex777 April 16 2020 20: 12 New
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        And the "processing" of these "drones" with electronic warfare equipment will not lead to the collapse of "unmanned pressure"?

        Quite possible. Without GPS, these ships will not sail far.
        Unmanned ships can cost the US budget much less than modern ships with crew from sailors.

        It has long been said: "... you would not chase ... for cheapness ...".
        The simplest (compared to controlling a ship in a combat operation) task of observing the refueling of airplanes in the air failed after the visual control of a special operator on a tanker plane was replaced by observing the cameras from the cockpit.
        And it turned out that the distance on the cameras is very difficult to assess.
        And then a ship with missiles ... hi
  2. Skay April 16 2020 14: 35 New
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    And who will be there to fight for vitality? ... Or is it a fleet of peacetime? Or is it consumables?
  3. Teberii April 16 2020 14: 37 New
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    The story with unmanned vehicles has been going on for a long time and every time the price only grew, it will continue. In the United States, everything about the military budget is definitely expensive.
  4. rocket757 April 16 2020 14: 37 New
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    Again plans, plans ... however, this is understandable. Here to believe that this is new, it will be much cheaper to service, very much in any way.
    In short, it will be interesting to see.
  5. askort154 April 16 2020 14: 56 New
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    US Navy going to equip drones

    So they are not sure that the coronavirus released from its jug will win. wink
  6. HAM
    HAM April 16 2020 14: 57 New
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    It's just some kind of holiday ..... for the electronic warfare service ....
  7. KVU-NSVD April 16 2020 15: 00 New
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    Ships - drones are, of course, technologically advanced, economical, hypo and so on. Personally, I have one question: how to solve the problem with remote control in general and with the stability of radio channels in particular if the enemy has ships and aircraft with advanced electronic warfare equipment? Act only in areas that are limited and remote from such an enemy? under the guise of "manned" ships? Or completely entrusted to the rogue in the future AI? Make a revolution with the invention of "unkillable" communication channels? Although in general, the future of marine drones is very broad, but not comprehensive
    1. APASUS April 16 2020 16: 56 New
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      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      Ships - drones are, of course, technologically advanced, economical, hypo and so on. Personally, I have one question: how to solve the problem with remote control in general and with the stability of radio channels in particular if the enemy has ships and aircraft with advanced electronic warfare equipment? Act only in areas that are limited and remote from such an enemy? under the guise of "manned" ships? Or completely entrusted to the rogue in the future AI? Make a revolution with the invention of "unkillable" communication channels? Although in general, the future of marine drones is very broad, but not comprehensive

      Yes there are hundreds of questions. How will such a border guard conduct an inspection while detaining the violator, and if it is not the violator? The drug mafia in the Gulf of Mexico will only be delighted or completely change tactics, saw - drowned, and then raised and apologized if that?
  8. Doccor18 April 16 2020 15: 03 New
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    And the "processing" of these "drones" with electronic warfare equipment will not lead to the collapse of "unmanned pressure"?
    It is possible, but how much time and money the IRGC will need to implement such a serious technological tool. If only someone will help ...
  9. Vasily Ponomarev April 16 2020 15: 04 New
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    Quote: rocket757
    Again plans, plans ... however, this is understandable. Here to believe that this is new, it will be much cheaper to service, very much in any way.
    In short, it will be interesting to see.

    plans with good examples
  10. 7,62h54 April 16 2020 19: 08 New
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    And this solution has some advantages:
    1. Lack of hazing;
    2. There is no risk of infecting the team with a virus;
    3. No need to worry about treatment and pensions;
    4. There is no one to be afraid of a potential enemy flying planes on a ship.