The U.S. Navy wants shipbuilders to provide
it with ideas on how to develop & manufacture a fleet of Large Unmanned Surface Vessels
(LUSV) to create what it calls a “Ghost Fleet.” The official Request For Proposal (RFP) states,
“The LUSV will be a high-endurance, reconfigurable ship able to accommodate various payloads
for unmanned missions to augment the Navy’s manned surface force,”
The ships will also be required to operate on their own, as well as be able to be controlled
remotely. The document further stated,
“With a large payload capacity, the LUSV will be designed to conduct a variety of warfare
operations independently or in conjunction with manned surface combatants. The LUSV will be capable of semi-autonomous
or fully autonomous operation, with operators in-the-loop (controlling remotely) or on-the-loop
(enabled through autonomy).” The U.S. Navy requested around $400 million
to build two LUSVs. In this video Defines Updates analyses U.S.
Navy’s Large Unmanned Surface Vessels (LUSV) endeavor to create a ‘Ghost Fleet’
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had achieved something special. Sea Hunter which is a Medium Displacement
Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) – has become the first craft to ever sail from San Diego,
California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and back without needing any onboard crew. Viewers may note that the round trip is almost
5,200 miles. On Jan. 31 2019, Leidos, the lead Defense
contractor for the Sea Hunter project, announced this achievement in a press release. Gerry Fasano, Leidos Defense Group President,
said the press release, “The Sea Hunter program is leading the world
in unmanned, fully autonomous naval ship design and production. The recent long-range mission is the first
of its kind and demonstrates to the U.S. Navy that autonomy technology is ready to move
from the developmental and experimental stages to advanced mission testing.” Technology similar to what is used in Sea
Hunter will be a base for several new undertakings. The U.S Navy wants to develop and procure
three new types of unmanned vehicles in FY2020 and beyond—Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles
(LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs), and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea
Vehicles (XLUUVs). Viewers may note that Pentagon’s Strategic
Capabilities Office initiated LUSV under program ‘Overlord’. The program aimed at converting commercial
fast supply vessels which are used to service and resupply oil and gas platforms at sea
into an experimental unmanned ship which could navigate the ocean with or without human help. The U.S Navy plans to acquire two LUSVs per
year in FY2020- FY2024. These will be between 200 feet to 300 feet
in length and have a displacement of about 2,000 tons when fully loaded making the LUSV
the largest unmanned ship to date. The demeanor will be like that of a light
frigate. LUSV will be low-cost, high-endurance and
modular – that is they will be reconfigurable vessels and will be equipped according to
mission requirement. The LUSVs will be packed with sensors of deferent
types. Initially, these are expected to be unarmed
but eventually could be fitted with Mark 41 VLS (Vertical Launch System) The MK 41 VLS is present in U.S Navy Arleigh
Burke class and Ticonderoga class cruisers. The MK 41 cells can accommodate many types
of weapons. 1. RIM-66M-5 Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB for Air
Defense & Anti Ship role with a range of 103 miles or 167 km and speed of Mach 3.5 2. RIM-156A SM-2ER Block IV for Anti Aircraft
& Anti Ship role with a range of 115 miles or 185 km and speed of Mach 3.5 3. RIM-161 SM-3 for Ballistic missile defense
with a range of 435 miles or 700 km and speed of Mach 10. It can also be used as an Anti-satellite weapon. 4. RIM-162A ESSM for anti-missile role with a
range of 31 miles or 50 km and speed of Mach 4 It can be quad packed in single Mk 41 cell. 5. RIM-174A Standard ERAM or SM 6 for anti-air
warfare with a range of 150 miles or 240 km and speed Mach 3.5 6. BGM-109 Tomahawk for land attack. It has a long range of up to 1550 miles or
2500 km with subsonic speed. 7. RUM-139A VL-ASROC anti-submarine missile with
a range of 13 miles or 22 km So, LUSVs will be multi weapons platform in
the future. U.S Navy envisions a “Ghost Fleet” consisting
of a Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs),
and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs). US Navy is still charting out long term plans
on how “Ghost Fleet” could be deployed in the future and there are a lot of possible
use cases. Here are some of them 1. Scout: “Ghost Fleet” could potentially
gather lots of intelligence regarding threats like enemy warships, sea mines, submarines
as well as land-based assets. This will greatly increase the situational
awareness and help in making tactical decisions. Since they are much more cheaper to operate
and need no crew, these can be deployed extensively. “Ghost Fleet” could travel ahead of US
Navy’s Carrier Strike Groups looking for various types of threats. 2. Decoy: Large warships like cruisers, destroyers,
and aircraft carriers can be targeted by high-speed boats, missile-firing fast-attack craft, small
submarines, sea mines, and land and air-launched anti-ship missiles. “Ghost Fleet” could be used as decoys
that could shield the more valuable assets. They could emit signals making them look like
a proper warship and divert enemy’s focus. Also, they can be used to act as a shield
in case of eventuality where these vessels could come in between a warship and enemy’s
missile & torpedoes. 3. Electronic Warfare: The unmanned vessels could
be equipped with Electronic Warfare suits. These systems could be used to jam enemy radars
and sensors. They could work in conjunction with other
platforms to overwhelm adversaries with electronic warfare giving American forces major advantage
in battle. 4. Weapons carrier: “Ghost Fleet” will be
used to augment the firepower of the U.S carrier strike groups. Weapons in “Ghost Fleet” could be cued
by different sensors to strike enemy assets. U.S Navy carrier strike group have been used
to project American military muscle far away from the homeland. No country in the earth posses this kind of
capability – U.S Navy alone operates 10 supercarriers whereas as the world together has around 5
carriers, none being supercarrier. Keeping this in view some countries have been
working to develop ways to negate this massive advantage the U.S posses. Rivals are developing asymmetric means by
which U.S carrier strike groups could be countered. The most credible threat to U.S Navy carrier
strike group is the anti-ship missile. Some of the most potent are the Russian P-800
Oniks, Kalibr, Chinese YJ-12 & Indo Russian Brahmos. These anti-ship missiles have supersonic speed
giving the U.S forces very little time to react and these can skim close to the ocean’s
surface making them hard to detect due to the earth’s curvature. Russias is also well on the way to deploy
hypersonic missile which will be even faster and move at speeds exceeding 5 Mach. It is paramount that U.S Navy carrier strike
group can detect these missiles early so that these can be intercepted and the launch platform
can be destroyed. This is where Ghost Fleet will be crucial
as it will move ahead of the task force and form a protective layer. Once it detect an incoming threat it will
itself or signal the core warships to fire interceptors to counter missiles and hurl
anti sip missile at the enemy warships which are launching the missiles. So, Ghost Fleet ships could significantly
increase anti-air defense and offensive capability of U.S carrier battle groups.



  2. First get universal healthcare (dental included), paid 30 days vacation, 13th salary, fix your infrastructure (rated D+) and then build warships and other offensive weapons!

  3. "How are we going to fund this?"
    "Call 'em a 'ghost fleet'."
    "Trump'll throw sh!t-tons of simoleons at fighting ghost pirates."
    "Uh…yeah, okay. That'll work."

  4. A lot of money and electronics easy target for Russian EW special device.Those will all shut down and there is not destruction,just will be easilly disabled.

  5. They should take a queue from Sea Shadow. During testing, a P3 Orion flew right over the ship without detecting it. Sea Shadow is also difficult to detect on sonar. The SWATH design does not produce the pounding of a conventional ship. Even the Zumwalt isn't as quiet as a SWATH hull despite its dubious tumble home design. Rafted Diesels providing power electric motors make little noise. Drone ships could have transponders decoy the radar guidance of anti-ship missiles, creating a SAM trap.

  6. "By your command!" Said the Cylon Centurion as it strode across the bridge of the fully automated warship.

  7. First stop luing the other part of the world secondlu you americans dont firget about russian unmend STATUS6 Piseidon one click and you gonna disapire and other many many weapens you nor bether than us so your choise is to make an anman speace veacles

  8. that sounds like a bad idea, think about it HACKERS, or another country saying oops sorry it was unmanned and sorry you got nuked

  9. Dear jersey johnboy… when have the Chinese ever developed anything that uses expensive robots as opposed to cheap human beings at a dollar an hour.

  10. So one or more of these are threatened with boarding, say the weapons carrier version. The boarding includes multi spectum signals jamming so US forces lose active control of the ship. The ship goes into autonomous defense mode WITH LIVE WEAPONS. The ship then becomes a floating killer robot that will kill humans in all circumstances, including merchant shipping, until it is detroyed, regained control of by US forces or runs out of ammunition. If it has a laser that weapon NEVER runs out of ammunition as the engines provide the power. Just have to start making them with nuclear propulsion for a real whopper.

  11. That’s extremely dangerous and stupid. Anything nonhuman operates can be hacked. It doesn’t matter how many firewalls or security links you have tied into the machine. I wonder what someone who hacked a destroyer fleet could do in a matter of seconds. Start world war 3 perhaps, maybe launch an attack on the US mainland? Placing that kind of deadly force a naval ship carries in its payload on the shoulders of a computer is beyond stupid and I pray the US comes to their senses

  12. Another story fleshed out by data straight from Wikipedia and photographs which have been used extensively before. There is nothing new here.

  13. How far can this ship go without being refueled?  Can it become a tanker?  How do the maned ship get the supplies out of these LUSV's?

  14. In God we trust 🇺🇸✊Go Go our great veterans just lunch this terrible attack our enemy must paid for all those humuliation and our world order the voice Celeste came to me already and we are going to win this war so we can celebrate with the head and the blood of our enemy 🎉🎊 hachem is our defense don't worry about nothing just trust hachem and do this 😠😤🕳️🚀 🚀☢️☢️☢️☣️☢️🛳️🛥️🚢

  15. So the navy will not fight with pride anymore, remember when war are appreciated battles between men because a warriors dedicated their life for the thing they fought for. I agreed that drone or unmanned vessels can reduce casualties but it will be an insult to a warriors code who pledged to die for their countries.

  16. Ok, the "Ghost Fleet" is the name of the ships in mothballs that can be recommissioned if needed. So, gotta find a new name.

  17. …… don't forget to have dummy decoys of all sizes and shapes a as did Britain in WW2..A ratio of 4 to 1 is good .

  18. Simple hack it and use it against them or solicit a war between two other nations because it’s in your interested do so.

  19. The thing about unmanned vehicles, that most people don't get is how many humans are actually required to keep them operational and fix all the unforeseen things that might seem simple to us but are beyond the ability of vehicles themselves to fix. Machines might be able to perform certain tasks better than humans, but we humans have a level of versatility that no machine can match.

  20. This is a good idea, but a little unnerving. What goes on if they lose connection? What do they have programmed into them? How would they deal with manned incursion? Lots of variables!

  21. Creative concept, I wish them all the best and great success.
    As usual very professional presentation

  22. Dumbest shit ever an "unmanned military vessel" like does anyone understand why captain Picard had to call down to engineering to to get warp going?… is it because they lacked the tech to control that from the bridge? or was it because the enterprise gets hacked on on multiple occasions and computer controlled systems ALWAYS leads to loss of control of said system.. I mean look at Iran shitty ass low tech Iran brings down drones all the time imagine what a nation like Russia or China or India could do idk hijack it and have it roll on us…. can't believe clown in our military are even thinking about this

  23. 1- Sounds monumentally expensive. 2- Sounds like a solution in search of a problem. 3- Sounds like a stupendously bad idea. God made sailors to run ships. Not computer software geeks.

  24. If this is how were gonna do things i can join my old ass up when all hell breaks lose. I'm so awesome at flying drones and operating RC things. Not to toot my own horn or anything. CIA if you see this hit me up, you got all my numbers. I'm ready to lend my gaming skills to the cause.

  25. Admiral#1: Congratulations, well done Commander. Great low profile surveillance craft.
    Admiral#2: Where are the guns. Can't have it going near shore line with out 6" guns.
    Admiral#3: Add depth charges and it is perfect for the autonomous surface sub hunter.
    Admiral#1: Torpedos. We can't have it facing enemy ships without torpedoes.
    Admiral#2: This could also serve as my autonomous Tomahawk launch platform.
    Admiral#3: Bob, depth is too shallow.
    Admiral#2: So we raise it up a bit. (Admiral #3 grumbles.)
    Admiral#2: Bill, did I not support you on project sub sea widget? Admiral#3: You did Bob.
    Commander: Facepalm, visualizing this thing growing in size as more weapons are added.
    A few years later an Air Force Lieutenant assigned to give final quality control sign-off finds problems. At odds with the brass, he finds himself walking into a recently revived "Office of Ruminate Procurement". Sound familiar?

  26. Money for weapons while the people can't get any help from their government, stop killing each other & start exterminating the government!🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫

  27. But wouldn't arieal surveillance see that the ghost fleet is nothing more than a spoffing vessel emitting false signals decoys… I mean you just attack any fleet

  28. And when hit damage control will be non existent. They will either be one hit wonders or at the bottom of the ocean if a major war and battle breaks out. Not the best of ideas seeing as ships cost billions these days.

  29. Another 3-5 secs data sucked and forced by ads. Also very Intens.

    I pay for data and youtube has already got paid from providers and those ads.

    Why should we pay and forced to see their product?

    Anybody have the same problem?

  30. In conjunction with fleet operations it can act as a missile truck…on its own, I’m critical about not having a crew due to hacking and lack of situational awareness such as pirates etc…

  31. LUSV`S…..with big windows….I think not. !!! and that commandbridge stays 15 feet up above the ship. Why not keep the ship flat. 🙂

  32. Why is this openly available? And, how will they prevent hostile boarding putting our tech at risk of confiscation? We are our own worst enemy at times.

  33. Boy Russia with there big mouths.wanted a arms race.putin must have a death wish for Russia. The Russian must get a new leadership. Putin's becoming a two bit dictator.

  34. I can see these being used for blockades. Without people on board they could remain on station for greatly extended time periods. Stay on station as long as their fuel holds out.

  35. A typical tactic used by the corrupt Communist Chinese …Coast Guard.. is to ram other vessels or force them off course by collision headings.
    The use of Ghost Ships to shield manned vessels would defeat this tactic.
    Load them up with sufficient high explosives around the outer hulls and paint in Mandarin characters …DANGER HIGH EXPLOSIVES STAY AWAY….

  36. Reading the comments about stealing and the Chinese. Maybe thats the Idea. Espionage. Use it like a Trojan Horse and let them steal it.

  37. Forgot search and rescue application. These things could very much upend tactical thinking for the navy. Seems an endless amount of uses and missions for these weapons.

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