Singapore’s navy tests a new layer of surveillance: unmanned vessels

MELBOURNE, Australia – Singapore is testing unmanned surface vessels with a locally developed, AI-driven navigation algorithm that could be used for maritime security operations in the congested but strategically important waters around the southeast Asian island nation.

The Republic of Singapore Navy’s Maritime Security USV, shown above, is in tests. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)

Upon completion, the Republic of Singapore Navy is expected to then field four USVs in the role. The country’s defense ministry said this will add another layer of surveillance and operational response for its maritime borders.

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