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Navy Wants $12 Billion for Unmanned Platforms

Tuesday, May 26, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Jon Harper  |  May 26, 2020  |  National Defense Magazine


The Navy already plans to spend big on robotics platforms in the coming years. As operation and maintenance costs grow and defense budgets tighten, that trend could accelerate, analysts say.

The sea service’s future years defense program calls for about $12 billion for unmanned aircraft, surface vessels and underwater systems in fiscal years 2021 through 2025, according to Bloomberg Government.

Senior officials have a stated goal of pursuing a 355-plus-ship fleet of manned vessels, but unmanned systems are “probably the future of the Navy,” Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government, said during a recent webinar. READ MORE...

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