Uncrewed Maritime Systems Development Now Takes Center-Stage
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It will take years to unpack all the lessons learned from the ongoing war in Ukraine, however, one mission that has surfaced during this conflict that connects maritime warfare and uncrewed surface vehicles in the use of USVs armed with explosives to attack naval vessels. This is a tactic and concept of operations that has been discussed in numerous professional articles and even war-gamed, but until now has been hypothetical.
Today it is real. As described in reports of Ukraine’s attacks on Russian naval vessels in the Black Sea, armed USVs have been used with deadly effect. Here is how one naval analyst described the momentous impact of using armed USVs to attack naval vessels and what that comports for the future of maritime warfare:
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