The US Navy has received a batch of Global Autonomous Reconnaissance Craft (GARC), with the first four vessels delivered to Unmanned Surface Craft Squadron 3 (USVRON 3).
Manufactured by Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, these 16-foot (4.8 m) unmanned ships are poised to revolutionize naval operational capabilities, promising seamless integration between surface, expeditionary and joint maritime forces.
The unmanned GARC boasts a fully loaded displacement of 3,600 pounds, a top speed of over 35 knots, and a formidable range of over 400 nautical miles at 30 knots (or over 700 nm at 6 knots). Designed to withstand four sea state conditions, these vessels exhibit remarkable versatility and endurance.
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Meanwhile, in a parallel development, Ukraine has successfully deployed unmanned ships to address its maritime resource limitations in the fight against the substantially larger and more powerful Russian fleet. This underlines the effectiveness of investing in unmanned maritime systems, reaffirming their strategic relevance in modern naval operations.