The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected L3Harris Technologies [LHX] for Phase 1 of the No Manning Required Ship (NOMARS) program to design an unmanned ship concept, the company said March 2. NOMARS is a two-phase program to demonstrate the reliability and feasibility of an ...

The Naval Air Force Atlantic conducted a test of the Blue Water maritime logistics Unmanned Air System (UAS) on Feb. 21, the service said Monday. The Blue Water UAS is a long-range cargo transport designed to operate with naval forces “that typically operate in heavy winds over open water and ...

The head of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee said Congress wants to see more prototyping and testing of larger unmanned vessels before they will fully fund the new classes of ships. Given the importance of large unmanned ships in the Navy’s latest shipbuilding ...

Top Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] officials Thursday said the company is committed to unmanned systems going forward in addition to traditional manned ships. During a quarterly earnings call Feb. 11, HII president and CEO Michael Petters was asked what is a realistic percentage of the Navy ...

The commandant of the Marine Corps this week said unmanned teaming and increased artificial intelligence (AI) is needed to maintain superiority over China in the future. “I’m a believer in manned and unmanned teaming, I think that’s where we’re headed. But technologies are not going to ...

The Navy program manager for unmanned systems said new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) will have a range of manning as they are being developed. “Our Medium USV [MUSV] prototype is essentially unmanned. There’s… a pilot house but no accommodations,” Capt. Pete Small, Unmanned Maritime ...