US Navy tests unmanned speedboats that launch nano drones in Arabian Sea
Unmanned speed boats were skimming across in the Arabian Sea on Wednesday, according to the US Fifth Fleet.
The Man-Portable Tactical Autonomous Systems (MANTAS) T-12 was filmed speeding across the waves at up to 45 knots — more than 80 kilometres per hour.
“This was the first unmanned/manned teaming activity under way for the US Fifth Fleet’s new Task Force 59, established September 9 to accelerate unmanned system discovery,” the US Navy said on Twitter.
The US Navy said in September that the task force would also be exploring the use of unmanned boats and AI.
At a US Naval Institute conference in June, Bruce Hanson, the CEO of MARTAC, a Florida-based company that designed the T-12, said the point of the unmanned vessels was that without crews, they could endure long missions in difficult conditions, including hurricanes, which the boats had been tested in.
“We didn’t really set any boundaries. We reinforced them, and then we had them running during hurricanes. We were…