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.


  1. Wow nice the US is sucha good country, how many children are gona be fed by these drones? Or wait, was it killed?

  2. unmanned are you serious? whole ship unmanned? This is crazy.
    How much did you spend on the Ghost fleet America?

  3. Can't be any worse than the incompetent cowards of the usnavy and their tenancy to run aground on reefs, break down or lose fights with slow-moving cargo ships with the radar cross-section of Rhode Island, can it little usa?

  4. It said that they are fairly cheap and along side that they only wanted 400 million and in the grand scheme of the US navy that’s nothing so they didn’t spend much

  5. OK who writes this stuff, " WILL BE HAVE LARGE UNMANNED SURFACE VESSELS" this isn't even close to proper english!

  6. Unmanned like a drone. Make sense. In 20 Minutes the Russian Trolls come out of there caves and claim: Russia has already….

  7. US has lasers, rail guns, unmanned aircraft and now unmanned Navy Ships. If this keeps up within 100 years no country will even come close. The US military will be able to strike whenever and wherever will little chance of opposition.

  8. U.S NAVY GHOST FLEET…LMFAO! Today the US can't defend against these modern Anti Ship missiles like the DF-21D. So what this teenager is trying to say only he knows LOL

  9. High endurance in a 2000 ton boat. Unless it's 80% fuel it won't have much endurance, then again it might just sit in one place for months.

  10. what is going to be in place that bad guys can't just go out and jump on these ships and take them over, like Russia, or some other dirtbag country? i'm sure they have something but we will still worry a bit, or even to sneak up and sink it, that's alot of money, but im sure it will take care of it's self, and that will still be sovrien land of the USA right?

  11. they may hit one, and they will pay beyon belife, hopefull they will not apply AI, to it cause we don't need it to start thinking agains us, if you know what i mean !!!!!!!! sorry for the bad spelling, not one of my strong areas, sorry !!!!!!! i still worry about my country just the same !!!!

  12. Stuff like this should remain secret, remember you got chinese people out there which are the human copy machines.

  13. I'm thinking unmanned subsurface 50 year platforms. Food is the only thing that determines deployment duration.
    Let's get it on. H.K attack subs..AI.. Nuke propulsion.
    Hunter Killer.. Let's eliminate the spy subs and ballistic missile subsurface platforms that could harm the USA.


  15. 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!

  16. "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."

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

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

  26. 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?

  27. 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 😠😤🕳️🚀 🚀☢️☢️☢️☣️☢️🛳️🛥️🚢

  28. 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.

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

  30. …… 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 .

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

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

  35. 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

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