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29 January, 2016

Cold War 2.0: US Navy details plans to outmatch Russia and China

Robotic systems in the front line

Struggling to keep up with global rivals, the Pentagon has announced the details of a plan to keep the US Navy one step ahead of Russia and China.

With the rapid growth of Moscow and Beijing’s militaries, the Pentagon has become increasingly nervous about the state of its own operations. As a result, the US Defense Department has been developing a "Third Offset Strategy," its program to stay ahead of the competition.

The plan applies to all branches of the military. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced details specific to the Navy.

Of those three engagements, the Navy is most interested in UUV development. Already in possession of a number of small unmanned submarines, the Pentagon hopes to create larger robotic submersibles with a longer range.

Ideally, these would be able to operate with little human interaction, autonomously delivering weapon payloads and scouting for subsurface mines. Once such craft, the Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) will be tested this summer.

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