ROBOTS in the Age of PIRATES

Belden, Russell; Hasik, James; Soon, James
December 2011
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Dec2011, Vol. 137 Issue 12, p54
Conference Proceeding
The article discusses how the proposed U.S. long-range unmanned surface vessel (USV) can police the high seas to fight the pirates. USVs with advanced composite hulls, offering unmatched range and payload-for-weight, could provide the numbers and capabilities to control the seas from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa, and the Persian Gulf. Exclusive of weapons, and depending on the mission, a carbon-fiber vessel of this size should cost just a few million dollars..


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