08 Feb '18, 12am

Drones, Ro-Boats, & F-35 On Wheels: Marines Seek Tech For Major War

Drones, Ro-Boats, & F-35 On Wheels: Marines Seek Tech For Major War

Concept art for Bell V-247, a contender for the Marine Corps’ MUX reconnaissance drone, SAN DIEGO: Before the first human Marine hits the beach in the next war, long-range MUX drones will launch from ships to scout for threats. Next comes a wave of robotic small craft, Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) converted to carry sensors, jammers, missile launchers, even racks of mini-drones they can dump into the water to search for hidden obstacles and mines. Once the Marines come ashore in their Amphibious Combat Vehicles and Ship-To-Shore Connector hovercraft, recon units will scout far ahead in Armored Reconnaissance Vehicles that bring the long-range sensors and data fusion of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the ground force. Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh The Marine Corps is working with industry on all these technologies; some of them, like the robot boat, have already been tes...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/02/drones-ro-boats-f-35-...

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