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US autonomous ships already fire missiles | Digital Trends Spanish

America is preparing for the war of the future. Recently, the Department of Defense has shared a registry with part of the maritime vehicles that will be the protagonists of the warlike conflicts of the future.

It is one of the nation’s experimental robot ships, a USV Ranger, which does not require a human crew.

In the video, the ship is seen launching a missile for the first time, an SM-6 weighing 1,500 kilograms, capable of traveling at Mach 3.5 and a range exceeding 240 kilometers.

While this vessel is capable of unmanned navigation, target selection and firing order must be controlled by one person, per United States law.

This launch test is part of the Ghost Fleet Overlord program which is aimed at the development of autonomous ships

The tests remain active since 2017 and have focused on testing the autonomy of these ships in missions without human assistance.

One of the concerns of those in charge is that these vessels are able to avoid others when they are at sea, without a person ordering it.

In 2017, an autonomous Israeli robot was also able to fire a missile. However, the US authorities emphasize that the SM-6 is one hundred times larger than the projectile that was used in that test.

The United States Department of Defense has shared a video on Twitter where you can see the shooting and the development of the tests, which can help to imagine what the wars of tomorrow will be like, although, of course, the best scenario is one where it does not need to have to fire one of these missiles.

See the game-changing, cross-domain, cross-service concepts the Strategic Capabilities Office and @USNavy are rapidly developing: an SM-6 launched from a modular launcher off of USV Ranger. Such innovation drives the future of joint capabilities. #DoDInnovates

& mdash; Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) September 3, 2021

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