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Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles
TNO DEFENCE SECURITY AND SAFETY THE HAGUE (NETHERLANDS)
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The introduction of unmanned vehicles may have serious consequences for naval operations. Therefore, in the future the Royal Netherlands Navy needs to have sufficient knowledge to be able to make sound decisions with respect to procurement and employment of such vehicles. The an earlier study research had already been carried out into unmanned aerial vehicles. In this project it was examined which defence capabilities can be carried out with unmanned surface and underwater vehicles. First an inventory of current and future unmanned vehicles and a subdivision into three categories were made. Next it was tried to project the listed vehicles on the capability list of the Royal Netherlands Navy. This appeared to be difficult, because for this study the capabilities were not detailed enough. Therefore, these capabilities were further subdivided into subcapabilities, so next the suitability of the listed vehicles for those subcapabilities could be investigated.
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