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New killer drone will attack enemy ships at sea: what is known about the MUSKIE M18

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr8,2024

The new killer drone will attack enemy ships at sea: what is known about the MUSKIE M18

The drone is capable of carrying 450 kg of payload, its range is 926 km, and the speed &mdash ; 92.6 km/h.

The companies MARTAC and Fleet Management Solutions (USA) have presented the latest assault unmanned boat designed to carry out various operations of the US Navy, writes Defence Blog.

The above-water drone is called the MUSKIE M18 ASV and is claimed to have an impressive array of features and capabilities. The developers say that the M18 ASV is a new era in unmanned maritime systems, offering new features and versatility for a whole range of missions.

The length of the M18 ASV is 5.5 m. Its high-performance monohull configuration provides a speed in excess of 50 knots (92.6 km/h) and a range of 500 nautical miles (926 km). In addition, the M18 ASV boasts a payload capacity of up to 450 kg, enabling the integration of various payloads, including warheads. The drone offers a cost-effective solution for strengthening naval capabilities in a rapidly changing maritime environment.

The unmanned aerial vehicle is designed to enable operators to perform a variety of tasks, from surveillance and reconnaissance to offensive operations. Equipped with MARTAC's advanced autonomy stack, the M18 ASV can be operated remotely by an operator or operate autonomously, with operator intervention as needed during a mission. This flexibility enables adaptation to dynamic operational requirements and allows for seamless integration into existing naval structures.

Versatility is a key feature of the M18 ASV, as it can serve as both an operator-controlled and autonomous unmanned surface craft. unmanned boat, depending on mission requirements. Such adaptability further increases the usefulness of the device for a wide range of operational scenarios — from coastal patrolling to participation in high-intensity conflicts.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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