Navy to Spend $6 billion Over Five Years on Unmanned Programs

The Navy will spend $6 billion over the next five years on unmanned programs such as the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system. $4 billion will go to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and $1 billion each will bbe committed to unmanned surface platforms and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Navy officials have developed an unmanned systems vision through 2030, which includes a broader effort to embed aerial drones in day-to-day maritime operations. The USN says it  is particularly interested in developing truly autonomous systems which can operate in shallow water and challenging environments such as the Arctic.

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