Opportunities for the Brazilian Navy to Employ Additional Unmanned Systems

by Scott Savitz

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Oportunidades para a Marinha do Brasil empregar sistemas não tripulados adicionais

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The Brazilian Navy (BN) needs to have both the capabilities and capacity to meet a wide range of demands over vast and diverse geographic areas. In addition to acquiring more manned vessels and aircraft, the BN could expand its capabilities and capacity by investing in unmanned systems across multiple domains, building on existing capabilities. This Perspective is an exploration of some of the potential ways the BN could use unmanned systems to improve effectiveness and, potentially, reduce risks and costs. In addition to providing insights for defense stakeholders and the wider public on the navy of one of the world’s leading nations, this analysis can serve as a basic template for how other navies could also employ unmanned vehicles.

This research was conducted using internal funding within the Navy and Marine Forces Center of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

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