05 Apr 2024

LECTURE: Large Uncrewed Surface Vessel (LUSV) Vision

A webinar from the Western Joint Branch.

Whilst the concept of a large uncrewed surface vessel (LUSV) is not new, many navies needing fleet upgrades or modernisation have yet to formally consider the use of these types of open ocean high endurance vessels to enhance its surface fleet. When considered within a mixed fleet approach, the LUSV demonstrates compelling technical feasibility. However, as we chart this course towards the future of naval capabilities, it will be imperative that we further explore the economic viability to ensure a balanced and sustainable naval strategy.

This presentation discusses how LUSVs can be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) to provide cost effective added mass to a future mixed fleet solution. It discusses the characteristics of an LUSV and what makes them such a promising vessel for persistent ASW. When discussing novel technology, it is also important to discuss the barriers to adoption that exist, and the technical challenges still required to be solved. These challenges range from ensuring the reliability of the engineering systems and practicalities and safety of the command and control systems.

About the Speaker

Jake Rigby is Head of Research and Innovation at BMT.