USNavy's robotic warship to begin sea trials

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Nice.. If this works it will give the USN cost effective vessels that'll be much cheaper to operate than manned ships.


Robot Warship Demonstrates Advances in Autonomy, Human-Machine Collaboration > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

PORTLAND, Oregon, April 8, 2016 — Sea Hunter, a robot warship designed and built by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, represents breakthroughs in autonomous navigation and human-machine collaboration that could change the nature of U.S. maritime operations, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said here yesterday.

Work spoke during a dockside ceremony just before DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar christened the vessel Sea Hunter, a name that describes the planned capabilities of the 130-foot twin-screw trimaran -- a boat with a main hull and two smaller outrigger hulls.“I've been waiting for this day for a long time,” Work told the audience.

“We are in a period of incredible technological flux. Advances in autonomy and in artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems and advanced computing and big data, and learning machines and intuitive graphic visualization tools, metamaterials, miniaturization -- they’re leading us to a time of great human-machine collaboration,” he added.
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[video=youtube_share;gvzmxZkAbUM]http://youtu.be/gvzmxZkAbUM[/video]

Sea Hunter is an autonomous United States warship launched in 2016 as part of a DARPA research program. It was christened April 7, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The initially unarmed prototype, built at a cost of twenty million dollars, is a 132 feet (40 meters) long trimaran (a central hull with two outriggers). It is an unmanned self-piloting craft with twin screws, powered by two diesel engines with a top speed of 27 knots, with "transoceanic" cruising range. Its weight is 135 tons, including 40 tons of fuel, adequate for a 70 day cruise. Its cruising range is 10,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. It can patrol without human guidance, using optical guidance and radar to avoid hitting obstacles or other watercraft. It is expected to undergo two years of testing before being placed in service with the Navy. If tests are successful, future such craft may be armed and used for antisubmarine and counter-mine duties, operating at a small fraction of the cost of operating a destroyer. It is part of the US Navy's Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. Deputy US Defense Secretary Robert Work said that if weapons are added to the ship, a human would always remotely make the decision to use lethal force.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Hunter
 
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40 tons of diesel... 1 ton=264.28 gals

264.48x40=10579.2 gals x 2.82 per gal.= 29833.344 buck a full load of fuel.. gets you 70-day cruise time at 12 knots? That's 426 gals a day burned.
I say go 7.5 knots on one engine and save money. Get some 182 day on same load. DO some fish trolling.

This this a waste of money these boats .


More drones. Big quad type.
[video=youtube;SNPJMk2fgJU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU[/video]

All along the southern border.
 
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And if you think 40 tons of diesel is a lot of gas, just try to imagine how much a carrier battle group burns.

Drones/Unmanned vehicles are the future.

Unmanned combat airplanes, unmanned land fighting vehicles, unmanned sea vehicles...

I still think the F-35 may be the last manned combat aircraft deployed by our military.
 
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40 tons of diesel... 1 ton=264.28 gals

264.48x40=10579.2 gals x 2.82 per gal.= 29833.344 buck a full load of fuel.. gets you 70-day cruise time at 12 knots? That's 426 gals a day burned.
I say go 7.5 knots on one engine and save money. Get some 182 day on same load. DO some fish trolling.

This this a waste of money these boats .


More drones. Big quad type.
[video=youtube;SNPJMk2fgJU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU[/video]

All along the southern border.
And there we have Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

We risk war ending up being about which side manages to smash most of the opponent's unmanned hardware instead of actual butchering of peoples. That's not cricket, is it?

EDIT: Come to think of it, that's not a bad idea, actually.
 
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Drones/Unmanned vehicles are the future.

Unmanned combat airplanes, unmanned land fighting vehicles, unmanned sea vehicles...

I still think the F-35 may be the last manned combat aircraft deployed by our military.
Yeah could very well be... an F-35 with a dozen supersonic fighter drones network slaved to it would be lethal against most opponents on this planet.

The problem is if the USA ever goes up against a capable enemy.. And the first thing that enemy will do is take out satellites and flood a battle space with emp countermeasures which can effectively shut down a drone military.
 
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Yeah could very well be... an F-35 with a dozen supersonic fighter drones network slaved to it would be lethal against most opponents on this planet.

The problem is if the USA ever goes up against a capable enemy.. And the first thing that enemy will do is take out satellites and flood a battle space with emp countermeasures which can effectively shut down a drone military.
Good point. WE will NOT want to be vulnerable to rather obvious electronic countermeasures. We won't like some programmed machine free to do important and lethal strategy.
 
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We need to start scrapping our military and turning it into these.

It is the future and that is where our money should go. Once they figure out quantum computing we won't even need human control. The advantage we would have from being a leader in this technology can't even be measured.
 

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