This Drone Could Help Marines Protect Navy Warships

As the sea services prepare for potential fights against other big navies, the Marine Corps is considering using a massive drone not unlike its MV-22B Osprey to protect ships.

Commandant Gen. David Berger does not want his Marines being passive passengers aboard Navy ships. That has service leaders looking for ways Marines can help defend sea vessels from the moment they embark, Col. Kurt Schiller, director of the maritime expeditionary warfare division at Combat Development Directorate, said at the Modern Day Marine 2019 expo here Tuesday.

One tool under consideration is the Bell V-247 Vigilant, an autonomous tilt-rotor unmanned drone about the size of a Huey helicopter that can operate from ships and loiter in the air for about 10 hours.

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