A technological breakthrough will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect U.S. Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously "swarm" offensively on hostile vessels, according to the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The first-of-its-kind technology, successfully demonstrated over two weeks in August on the James River in Virginia, allows unmanned Navy vessels to overwhelm an adversary, Navy officials say "This networking unmanned platforms ...

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