USNavy's robotic warship to begin sea trials

Tedminator

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Hey hey, Sea Hunter passed first phase of trials... it didn't blow up and sink. Next phase is underway testing its sensors..


Navy Recognition

The completion of Sea Hunter's performance trials is the first milestone in the two-year test program co-sponsored by DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. Testing in upcoming months is scheduled to include testing of sensors, the vessel's autonomy suite, compliance with maritime collision regulations, and proof-of-concept demonstrations for a variety of U.S. Navy missions.

The 132-foot trimaran, christened Sea Hunter at a ceremony in April, met or surpassed all performance objectives for speed, maneuverability, stability, seakeeping, acceleration/deceleration, and fuel consumption, as well as establishing confidence in mechanical systems reliability in an open-ocean environment. Sea Hunter is designed to operate for extended periods at sea with no person on board and only sparse supervisory control throughout deployment. While initial vessel tests require a pilot on board the ship, later tests are planned to have no personnel on board.
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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.
Let's hope so.
 

Tedminator

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woot! Sea Hunter just did a CA to HI and back trip..


A Navy Ship Sailed to Hawaii and Back With No One on Board
A 132-foot-long self-driving ship made history by traveling from San Diego to Hawaii's Pearl Harbor and back again without sailors aboard to guide its way.

The Sea Hunter, an autonomous trimaran developed for submarine hunting and counter-mine missions, traveled thousands of miles between San Diego and Pearl Harbor last month. Naval News was first to report on the ship's breakthrough voyage.

Crew members from an escort vessel boarded the Sea Hunter for short durations to check electrical and propulsion systems, according to a press release from Leidos, a science and technology company that designed and built the Sea Hunter. For most of the voyage, though, the ship was unmanned.
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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.
How do you insure unmanned vehicles won't be hacked? In this case a ship could be taken over by boarding parties. What happens in the event of a mechanical or electronic failure?
 
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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.
Uh..... I think you mean unmanned, autonomous hardware laying waste to entire populations without the slightest hesitation or remorse because a guy 5000 miles away just followed an order and pressed a button. While drinking a mocha frappacino.
 
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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.
Which is why we need the Space Force.
 

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