Tight Budgets, Needs Alter USN Robotic Efforts

August 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aviation Week

Fiscal constraints will be a major driving factor in the capabilities that the U.S. Navy will seek in unmanned vehicles in the coming years, says the chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead.

However, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) will be called upon to fill what he calls a “capability gap” in the Navy’s ability to collect intelligence in the maritime domain.

Despite the potential for unmanned systems to be “potential game-changers” in how the Navy conducts its operations, they will not be independent from the fleet and will require links to nearby Navy assets. “We do not have the luxury, even if we have the desire,” for unmanned systems to operate independently, Roughead said in a speech at the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International Unmanned Systems North America 2010 conference here…more

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