“We’re shooting for early 2021 to be able to run a fleet battle problem that is centred on unmanned [technology].
“It will be on the sea, above the sea and under the sea as we get to demonstrate how we can align to the [U.S. Indo-Pacific Command] directives to use experimentation to drive lethality.”
The decision has been hailed as a “major breakthrough” for the US, according to Eurasiantimes.com.Training operations routinely occur in the waters, by all nations who lay claim to the region.
The US Navy regularly runs fleet battle problems, which allow the military to test how it would deploy its forces should conflict erupt.
It reportedly also wants around $2bn (£1.5bn) to produce 10 unmanned surface vessels during the next five years, a request Congress is currently raising objections about.