Unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships, protecting swarm and attack potential threats on the water, demonstrated by the U.S. Navy. Watch the video…
Self-guided unmanned patrol boats could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen.
Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research, speaking about the attack by a small boat with explosives that killed 17 sailors and injured 39, said:
“I never want to see the USS Cole happen again. I can tell you the systems we just put out on the water would’ve prevented the Cole.
We’ve really put our sailors back where they need to be anyway, which is back manning our combat systems, manning our weapons systems, steering our ships.
This is something that you might find not only just on our naval vessels, we could certainly see this utilized to protect merchant vessels, to protect ports and harbours, used also to protect offshore oil rigs.”
source US Navy Research (YouTube)