Navy in the process of developing an unmanned “Ghost Fleet”
The U.S. Navy is hoping shipbuilders can give it ideas for a fleet of large unmanned surface vessels to create a “Ghost Fleet.”
Known as the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle program, the ships will have to be modular and able to run for some time with limited maintenance in an effort to support manned vessels.
“The LUSV will be a high-endurance, reconfigurable ship able to accommodate various payloads for unmanned missions to augment the Navy’s manned surface force,” the official Request For Proposal (RFP) read.
The ships will also be required to operate on their own, as well as be able to be controlled remotely.
“With a large payload capacity, the LUSV will be designed to conduct a variety of warfare operations independently or in conjunction with manned surface combatants,” the document stated. “The LUSV will be capable of semi-autonomous or fully autonomous operation, with operators in-the-loop (controlling remotely) or on-the-loop (enabled through autonomy).”
The U.S. Navy requested around $400 million to build two LUSVs, which are to be corvette-sized vessels.
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