10 Apr '18, 6pm

Marine Corps May Be Interested in Navy's Minesweeping Drone Boat

Marine Corps May Be Interested in Navy's Minesweeping Drone Boat

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- After a decade of development, an unmanned surface vessel designed to conduct minesweeping missions for the Navy is heading to final tests. And others are taking notice, Textron executives said. Texton's Common Unmanned Surface Vessel, or CUSV, made its trade show debut at the annual Sea-Air-Space exposition this week. The 39-foot boat is being developed for all three elements of the Navy's mine countermeasures mission: minesweeping; mine-hunting, with integration of the AQS-20 and AQS-24B sonar systems; and eventually, mine neutralization, said Wayne Prender, vice president of control and surface systems for Textron Unmanned Systems. It's designed to deploy from the both the Freedom and Independence variants of the littoral combat ship as part of the ship's mine countermeasures package. With Navy-led developmental testing set to take place later th...

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