The Navy sees a lot of advantages in having “swarmboats.”
Developed by the Office of Naval Research, the Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, or CARACaS, system can, for the cost of several thousand dollars, turn just about any boat into an unmanned vessel, according to Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of Naval Research.
During a two-week demonstration in August, as many as 13 patrol boats and other vehicles outfitted with the CARACaS sensor and software kit worked in concert—either autonomously or by remote—on the James River in Virginia, escorting a high-value vessel (in this case, the researchers’ ship, the Relentless), which is and then surrounding a mock enemy ship when it appeared. Although the purpose was to demonstrate the boats’ ability to swarm, boats operated by remote could have fired on the intruding ship as well, Klunder said during a recent conference call with reporters.
The Navy sees a lot of advantages in having “swarmboats.” They’re cheaper than manned boats, and in addition to keeping sailors out of harm’s way, they keep sailors who otherwise would be sent out on patrol from being pulled away from their assigned jobs aboard ship. And the kits can take advantage of smaller boats already aboard cruisers, destroyer and carriers, without the need to buy new vessels.
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- ONR completes demonstration with swarm of autonomous unmanned boatson January 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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- U.S. Navy tests autonomous patrol vesselson January 5, 2019 at 8:21 am
The Office of Naval Research released details of the August test of autonomous "swarmboats” patrol vessels. These are unmanned boats designed to better automate ship defense.
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- The Navy is building fleets of unmanned 'swarmboats' that can overwhelm and confuse enemieson December 15, 2016 at 6:03 am
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- Autonomous Swarmboats: New Missions, Safe Harborson December 14, 2016 at 12:36 am
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- Awesome Autonomy: The Future Force, RoboBoatson July 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm
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- Navy’s Boat Drones Pack Hunt Like Wolves on Wateron October 9, 2014 at 8:23 am
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- The future is now: Navy's autonomous swarmboats can overwhelm adversarieson October 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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