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Unmanned Warrior to demonstrate latest in autonomous maritime warfare

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Unmanned Warrior will demonstrate will showcase air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors, such as the Taranis, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
Unmanned Warrior will demonstrate will showcase air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors, such as the Taranis, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
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ExMCMCo load a Mk 18 Mod 2 UUV in the dock of RFA CARDIGAN BAY
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ExMCMCo load a Mk 18 Mod 2 UUV in the dock of RFA CARDIGAN BAY
Fleet Robotics Officer Commander Pipkin
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Fleet Robotics Officer Commander Pipkin
Unmanned Warrior will take plaace off the coast of Scotland
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Unmanned Warrior will take plaace off the coast of Scotland
Unmanned Warrior will use a wide variety of autonomous vehicles
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Unmanned Warrior will use a wide variety of autonomous vehicles
Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
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Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Recon drone launching
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Recon drone launching
Preparing a UAV for launch
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Preparing a UAV for launch
UAV launching
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UAV launching
UAV in flight
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UAV in flight
Unmanned Warrior will demonstrate will showcase air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors, such as the Taranis, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
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Unmanned Warrior will demonstrate will showcase air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors, such as the Taranis, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
A Scan Eagle UAV after catching a line used for recovering it
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A Scan Eagle UAV after catching a line used for recovering it

To examine to feasibility for using greater numbers of unmanned and autonomous systems in maritime environments, the Royal Navy is conducting Unmanned Warrior. Scheduled for the last quarter of 2016, the large-scale technology demonstration off the west coast of Scotland will showcase air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors.

According to the Navy, Unmanned Warrior is a multinational event involving 40 research and development companies as well as the US Navy and the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE). Part of the second stage of the Joint Warrior naval exercises, it includes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV), and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV).

These vehicles and their sensors and software will be subjected to a number of challenges based on themes from a 2015 workshop. These will consist of Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW); Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR); Command and Control; Hydrographic and Geointelligence; and Mine Countermeasures (MCM).

"We have deliberately adopted a different approach to capability demonstration, in that the MOD is inviting participants to offer their thoughts on what future capability might look like and where technology can be exploited without any preconceptions," says Fleet Robotics Officer Commander Pipkin.

Source: Royal Navy

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Bruce Miller
Is this the same fascinating futuristic technology that causes the F 35 fighter so many cost overruns and production snarls that even a goddammit biplane with a Thompson machine gun in the co-pilots hands would be more effective than an F-35 stuck on the tarmac waiting for the next design disaster to show up!