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2013: The Year in Sea Drones

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What was the most significant development in unmanned naval systems for 2013?  Blog readers weighed in on this question and more during our survey.
Winning by a landslide, with 71% of the responses, was the successful carrier catapult shots and "traps" (arrested landings) of Northrop Grumman's X-47B. In a distant second, with 19% of the vote, was the proliferation of sea-going rotary wing UAVs.
Related to #1, the U.S. Navy's ever-changing UCLASS RFP was the third most notable development as judged in our survey. According to our web stats, other popular stories this year include:
All things related to unmanned system carrying motherships.  Ranging in size and variety from amphibious assault ships, nuclear submarines, to patrol boats, and RHIBs, navies are focused on identifying the most efficient and effective platforms to host UAVs, UUVs, and USVs. A BQM-74E target drone's impact on the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville that occurred during combat syste…