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When Ukrainian ‘drone’ boats (USVs) attacked the Russian navy in September 2022, the future of naval warfare—changed.

Summary

This article by Adam James Fenton, writing for The Conversation, makes the following points:
  • That was the first time multiple USVs were combined with aerial drones for a successful, offensive attack.
  • The attack saw several Russian ships damaged.
  •  USVs reportedly penetrated harbour defences.
  • The US has invested heavily in USVs, and by 2052 more than half the US naval fleet could be uncrewed.

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