The U.S. Navy Wants Robotic Warships

DAVID AXE | January 23, 2019

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The U.S. Navy is considering developing robotic warships. Cheaper to build than today ship's and expendable, the unmanned vessels could help the Navy quickly to grow - and could allow the fleet to develop new tactics for battling a high-tech foe. The Navy has done a lot of work over the last six or seven months preparing to formalize programs for large, remotely-operated vessels, Rear Adm.

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