SOCOM issues call for unmanned flying boats

Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for the US military to invent an entirely new niche area of unmanned systems, along comes this little announcement from US Special Operations Command.

The document is SOCOM’s call for information for yet a new family of unmanned aircraft systems ranging in size from 2-pounds to 450-pounds. They would be distinguished by their ability to land or be recovered on water.

Although it is not stated, the request for information is obviously intended for the SEALs, but once fielded, could presumably be of some use for the US Marine Corps and the US Navy’s new Riverine Command.

The question is, what unmanned flying boats already exist in the market? Off the top of my head, I can only think of Vought Aircraft’s Kingfisher II concept for an unmanned flying boat. But I guess I’ll have to start learning.

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