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Royal Navy Tests Unmanned Fleet of the Future


17 October 2016

World’s first large scale demonstration of marine robotic systems hosted by the UK. 

The Royal Navy is leading ‘Unmanned Warrior 16’, an innovative demonstration of autonomous systems which could transform the way in which the Armed Forces of the future help keep Britain safe.

Held off the coast of west Scotland and west Wales, Unmanned Warrior 16 brought together 40 industry partners and international allies to showcase the latest in remote technology.

Over 50 aerial, surface and underwater Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) took part in a range of demonstrations on the themes of surveillance, intelligence-gathering and mine countermeasures

This collaborative approach is at the heart of the new Defence Innovation Initiative and the £800m fund that supports the generation of ideas to benefit both defence and British businesses.

From scouring the sea bed with sonar beams to watching the waves from above, these autonomous systems are diving, swimming and flying together, providing information that will be used to inform how future unmanned systems could help protect service men and women.

Source: MoD