PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii --- The Sea Hunter unmanned surface vessel (USV) has reached the U.S. Navy's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on October 31. The 132-foot prototype robotic warship is the largest unmanned maritime system acquired by the U.S. Navy.
The Sea Hunter medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) will undergo testing at the base during December. The U.S. Navy christened the Sea Hunter in 2016 at Portland, Oregon.
The Office of Naval Research plans to continue developing of Sea Hunter into what could become an entirely new class of vessel. Each Sea Hunter USV cost $23 million to produce.
In the future, U.S. Navy fleet could include hundreds of USVs performing missions ranging from submarine hunting, clearing naval mines and conducting attacks on suface targets.
China and Russia are pursuing large and small unmanned vehicle programs.