British navy sends robots to sea in military exercise
The Royal Navy is testing just how much robot craft can do by themselves in military exercises off the British coast.
Operation Unmanned Warrior 16 is a chance for allied nations and the defense industry to show off their latest maritime autonomous systems, as part of a broader military exercise called Joint Warrior.
“Fire and forget” torpedoes capable of homing in on the noise emitted by a target — then sinking it — have been around since World War II, but the systems involved in this exercise are less offensive.
More than 50 craft are taking part this week, including uncrewed helicopters and underwater vehicles, and an autonomous rigid inflatable boat (RIB). They will perform tasks such as surveillance, intelligence-gathering and mine countermeasures.