Marine Corps Long Range USV to Deploy Kamikaze Drones

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark announced on Monday that Marine Corps Systems Command had selected the company to develop the so-called Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessel (LRUSV) for the service. The LRUSV is “an unmanned platform capable of traveling autonomously for long distances and launching loitering munitions to address sea and land targets,” according to a December request for information regarding the vessel’s autonomy systems. Loitering munitions, also known as kamikaze drones, are bombs that loiter above an area and attack once a target is identified.

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark announced January 25th that Marine Corps Systems Command had selected the company to develop the so-called Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessel (LRUSV) for the service. Rendering courtesy of MetalShark.com.  For details, visit Taskandpurpose.com.

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