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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2020 2:46 p.m. PST

…for autonomous missile boats

"The U.S. Navy's yearlong fight to convince lawmakers it needed a significant investment in unmanned ships the size of offshore patrol vessels resulted in a kind of half victory.

The Navy kicked off the drive this year, announcing it was programming $2.7 USD billion in funding to develop and field unmanned platforms over the next five years, during which it will buy two large unmanned surface vessels per year.

Congress approved the purchase of two large unmanned surface vessels, or LUSVs, but forbade the service from integrating a vertical launching system, which is where the Navy anticipates many of the technical difficulties inherent in its concept reside…"
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