Navy postpones LUSV procurement and clips R&D in a sign it may be rethinking strategy

By Nick Wilson / March 25, 2024 at 4:06 PM
The Navy is pumping the brakes on the development and fielding of the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel, reducing the fiscal year 2025 funding request for LUSV research and development by approximately $74 million while postponing planned procurement of the lead vessel by two years, budget documents state. While the Navy’s FY-25 budget books provide little explanation for these changes, service officials have indicated the procurement delay is the result of technical challenges within the program, as well as spending constraints...

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