This fourth-generation CUSV offers design enhancements that make the vessel more versatile for different mission sets. The boat is outfitted with heavy combat weapons, according to a new report from Military.com.
Textron principal systems engineer Gary Hartman spoke with Military.com about the first public unveiling of the weaponized vessel on Monday at the annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Maryland. Hartman said the CUSV is the first of the drone boats mounted with a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun and a launcher for AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
The weapons package is called an "expeditionary warfare package" for the CUSV, Hartman said but emphasized current design is intended to show possible future capabilities.