Between 2020 and 2024, the US Navy plans to expand its fleet of robotic vessels to compete with the naval forces of Russia and China. This is reported by the US magazine “National Interest”, citing shipbuilding experts.
The US Navy plans to invest about four billion dollars during this period in the purchase of ten large unmanned surface ships and nine large unmanned submarines.
The new appraisal of the Navy’s force structure due to be released in 2019 could therefore demand even higher expenses for drone vessels.
The rapid procurement of many robotic warships, the Navy could develop new tactics, it said.
The robotic ships could help the navy to expand the fleet despite budget cuts. In addition, according to “NI”, naval chiefs increasingly fear that traditional warships with hundreds of sailors could be too vulnerable to Russian and Chinese missiles.