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REMUS 600 unmanned underwater vehicle

Uk Royal Navy has transported a REMUS 600 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to take part in Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise.

The REMUS 600 AUV / marine robot was designed to support the Navy's increasing need for operations that require extended endurance, increased payload capacity, and greater operating depth. It boasts the same software and electronic subsystems found in REMUS 100 AUV, with a depth rating and increased capabilities.

The Royal Navy is leading ‘Unmanned Warrior 16’, a demonstration of autonomous systems at the coast of west Scotland and west Wales.

Unmanned Warrior 16 has brought together 40 industry partners and international allies to showcase the latest in remote technology, Royal Navy announced in a statement on Thursday.

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

“The sheer scale of this exercise demonstrates how our Armed Forces are leading in developing futuristic technologies to keep us safe at sea, or in the air,” Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.

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.

“Unmanned maritime systems will change how we operate, but they’re just the start.” Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, said.

The technologies demonstrated in Unmanned Warrior can fundamentally change the future of Royal Navy operations just as the advent of steam propulsion or submarines did, said Royal Navy Fleet Robotics Officer Commander Peter Pipkin.

“This is a chance to take a great leap forward in Maritime Systems – not to take people out of the loop, but to enhance everything they do, extending our reach and efficiency using intelligent robotics at sea.” Pipkin added.

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