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Royal Navy shows commitment to drone technology for future operations


The Royal Navy has shown its clear intent for the greater use of autonomous and un-crewed technology in future operations during an event co-hosted by the Chief Technology Officer with Deputy Director Naval Aviation. Attendees were called on explicitly to consider how technology and innovation could transform the way the navy operates in the skies now and into the future.
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Royal Navy shows commitment to drone technology for future operations 925 001 On the new British aircraft carrier Prince of Wales, a conference was held on the concept of using promising unmanned aerial vehicles on warships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain. (Picture source: Royal Navy)


HMS Prince of Wales provided an impressive setting for the Future Maritime Aviation Force Accelerator Day this week, bringing together experts from the navy, MOD and industry to meet and discuss the vision for drone operations.


Royal Navy shows commitment to drone technology for future operations 925 002On the new British aircraft carrier Prince of Wales, a conference was held on the concept of using promising unmanned aerial vehicles on warships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain. (Picture source: Royal Navy)


It comes as the navy seeks to develop and invest in the latest technology, bringing new, world-beating equipment to the frontline quicker.


Royal Navy shows commitment to drone technology for future operations 925 003 On the new British aircraft carrier Prince of Wales, a conference was held on the concept of using promising unmanned aerial vehicles on warships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain. (Picture source: Royal Navy)


The work of the Royal Navy’s NELSON digital acceleration lab supports this idea. They have continued the development the “plug in and play” MAPLE system that, when integrated onto Royal Navy ships, will simplify the process of accessing and using autonomous and un-crewed technology.


Royal Navy shows commitment to drone technology for future operations 925 004 On the new British aircraft carrier Prince of Wales, a conference was held on the concept of using promising unmanned aerial vehicles on warships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain. (Picture source: Royal Navy)


Trials earlier this year in Norway saw this system used on HMS Albion and last year on HMS Argyll. Going forward, all Royal Navy ships will possess open architecture, fully-networked, organic crewless aviation systems with Prince of Wales being at the forefront of a series of trials.


Royal Navy shows commitment to drone technology for future operations 925 005 On the new British aircraft carrier Prince of Wales, a conference was held on the concept of using promising unmanned aerial vehicles on warships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain. (Picture source: Royal Navy)


As previously announced by First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, this will see the aircraft carrier being used as a testbed for un-crewed aerial vehicles.