Although unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) had initially existed for marine exploration, research, search and rescue since the late 1950s, they became more common when they begun to be utilized for mine countermeasure (MCM) missions. Along with the proliferation of autonomous and remotely controlled systems, navies keep their personnel away from a risky and dangerous environment, so this approach is whipping up investments in unmanned maritime technology. Today’s UUVs offer an improvement in operation time and safety, greater flexibility of use, more efficient power systems, and lower implementation and sustainability costs.
UUVs have the potential to be used as force multipliers in many areas of naval operations, with their modular structures and their ability to carry many different payloads.
With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in UUVs at full maturity, it is expected that by the end of 2020, UUVs will take part in naval battle groups with manned platforms.
Naval forces and defense industry companies around the world have increased their investment in UUV technologies. In fact, leading shipbuilders and leading defense companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, HII, General Dynamics, Thyssenkrupp and BAE systems are competing for the highest share of the growing UUV market.
- Navies and companies, cooperating with universities and research and development centers, have been developing and experimenting with various UUVs for many years and have transitioned some of these efforts into procurement/manufacture programs. There are still many UUV programs under development and at the technology demonstration level.
- A key driver for the development of UUVs is to move people away from contested and dangerous environments to avoid casualties.
- XLUUV and MUUV have generally switchable and modular mission payload suites, therefore, they can perform multi-mission changing mission modules. Collective advances in technology allow these vehicles to execute more complex missions, with increased autonomy and their own support packages. However, smaller vehicles are better suited to single type missions, such as hydrographic survey and ISR missions.
- This report focuses on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (USVs), which will be force multiplier in future naval operations.
- Unmanned Underwater Vehicles thematic research offers a detailed analysis of UUVs being developed and used by navies and other maritime organizations.
- The research includes insightful industry analysis of the UUVs and key use cases highlighting how Navies worldwide have started working on developing and implementing the technology.
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