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Unmanned surface vessel project gets green light with U.S. Navy contract

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July 14, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Unmanned surface vessel project gets green light with U.S. Navy contract
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WASHINGTON. The U.S. Navy is going ahead with its plans to build a fleet of unmanned warships with its granting of a contract to L3 Technologies to build the first of an expected 40 unmanned surface vessels (USVs).

The service awarded L3 Technologies a $34.9 million contract for a prototype medium-sized USV (MUSV), along with an option for up to eight additional ships; if that option is exercised, the contract would be worth $281 million through June 2027. 

According to U.S. Navy information, the service intends to build about 40 MUSVs in the next several years; these vessels are aimed at using mission modules revolving around intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance payloads and electronic warfare (EW) systems.

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