US Navy’s Sea Hunter USV to Receive Several Upgrades
The U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) is set to receive several upgrades that will allow it to carry out new missions involving surface warfare, the firing of weapons and launching electronic attacks.
According to Capt. Jon Rucker, program manager, Unmanned Maritime Systems, PEO LCS, the upgrades that will be made to the Sea Hunter are exciting, but they are just the beginning for the USV.
“Right now, the sky is the limit, but, before we even get to that, we need to be able to have a more autonomous system that can steer and reposition itself,” Rucker says via Defense Systems.
While the USV is not fully autonomous yet, as it still needs a human operator to intervene on certain tasks, Rucker is hopeful that the USV will one day be fully autonomous, as he says, “it will have an ability to work with the surface force, do command and control and go investigate.”
Described as the Navy’s equivalent to Google’s self-driving car, the 132-foot long Sea Hunter is capable of withstanding waves up to 6.5 feet, and can also travel up 10,000 miles to locate mines and quiet enemy submarines using sonar and other sensors.