CUSV for the U.S. Navy

After sending unmanned aircraft over Iraq and Afghanistan, The Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) is ready to steer for dangerous tasks such as minesweeping, submarine detection, intelligence gathering, and approaching hostile vessels.


On the 12th of April 2011, Defense contractor Textron Inc. demonstrated the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel Technology at Textron Marine & Land Systems Shipyard in New Orleans.

The director of the advanced systems group of AAI, Ryan Hazlett said: “The unmanned vessels will keep the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs away from our personnel.”

The boat is 39 ft long painted in Navy grey having a top speed of 28 knots. It can be controlled from 10 to 12 miles away from a command station on land, at sea or in the air. After connecting to a satellite control system, it can be controlled from 1,200 miles.

The CUSV is a unique boat that can be operated up to 72 hours without refuelling. However, the operation hours depend on travelling speed and the weight of the equipment being carried by boat. It can be sailed in 5ft of water because of its shallow draft. It is almost impossible to sink the CUSV by accident.

The boat is well-equipped with the latest technology. In case of overturns, it shuts down its engines, as well as restarts the engines to continue the mission.

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