Metal Shark Gets Go Signal from US Marines to Build Unmanned Launching Vessel for its Drones

Metal Shark,  a leading designer and builder of custom vessels for commercial, defense, and law enforcement applications worldwide based in Louisiana gets a nod from the US Marines to build an unmanned launching vessel for its swarm of drones.

[…]Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark announced that the U.S. Marine Corps had selected them to develop a Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessel (LRUSV), an 11-meter robot boat capable of operating autonomously and launching loitering munitions to attack targets at sea and on land. The unmanned boat is just the latest of a series of new platforms for launching drone swarms. – Read more.

According to Metal Shark, the LRUSV will provide U.S. forces “with a network of unmanned vessels traveling autonomously for extended ranges and transporting loitering munitions to address targets at sea and on land.” – Read more.

From a press release by Metal Shark, here is an excerpt:

This tiered, scalable weapons system will provide the ability to accurately track and destroy targets at range throughout the battle space. While fully autonomous, the vessels may be optionally manned and they will carry multiple payloads, which they will be capable of autonomously launching and retrieving.

Metal Shark has enlisted autonomous technology developer Spatial Integrated Systems (SIS), recently acquired by Huntington Ingalls Industries, to provide the autonomy solution for the LRUSV system. SIS is a leader in the development of multi-vessel collaborative “swarming” autonomous capabilities, sensor fusion and perception.

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