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Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

Photo: Thales

Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment.   Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations from defense, industry and academia in October, representing the largest exercise of its kind.    More than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems from across defense and industry will be deployed the Ministry of Defense exercise centered around the U.K. coast of Scotland and West Wales.   As an industry leader in autonomous and unmanned systems, Thales will showcase its capability through the Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System, Halcyon Unmanned Surface Vehicle and its collaborative work in the field of unmanned command and control research.   For the first time, Watchkeeper, currently in service with the British Army, will fly in a littoral naval environment operating alongside a Type 23 warship and a merchant vessel.    Watchkeeper will be integrated into a series of exercises varying from persistent wide area surveillance support up to 150 kilometers offshore, to landing forces and naval gunfire support.    Data collected by Watchkeeper will be streamed down remotely to the vessels and analyzed by trained operators to make better informed command decisions in support of the trials exercises.  


Navy Unmanned Aircraft Sets the Bar

Night-flying X-47B: Photo USN

The Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft has completed its final test aboard 'USS Theodore Roosevelt' (CVN 71) and has returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea
, informs U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. While underway, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation


Radix Marine to Acquire Patrol Craft Prototype

Radix Marine, Inc, a marine vessel development company specializing in homeland defense initiatives, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, through an Equipment Lease and Purchase Agreement, the GB Challenger Class Craft, the working prototype of the company's high-speed unmanned patrol watercraft. Radix Marine will own the GB Challenger outright at the conclusion of the five-year lease with Blue Ribbon Leasing and Financial, Inc


Top Brass Witness Future of Naval Aviation Unfold

Unmanned Aircraft Lands on Aircraft Carrier: Photo credit USN

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes the first ever carrier-based arrested landing on board 'USS George H.W. Bush' off the coast of Virginia. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed the X-47B make its first ever arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus


Wrap-up: Amsterdam Conference Week 2016

Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo

Amsterdam hosted four different maritime conferences during week June 21-23, with two common exhibitions – all in the same RAI Conference & Exhibition Complex. The Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium, Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo and Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference were organized by UKIP Media & Events while the fourth, defense related, MAST (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies) Conference and Exhibition was organized by MAST Communications.  


GD Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle

Bluefin-21

The General Dynamics Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) successfully launched multiple Bluefin SandShark micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (M-AUV) Underwater vehicle (M-AUV as part of several capability demonstrations at the U.S. Navy sponsored 2016 Annual Naval Technology Exercises (ANTX) in Newport, R.I. Through several ANTX demonstrations, the Bluefin SandShark M-AUVs surfaced and functioned independent of the heavyweight-class Bluefin-21


Navy's Unmanned Plane Take-Off a Seminal 2013 Navy Event

X-47B Aircraft on deck: Photo credit USN

The first-ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from a modern aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, was described by Rear Adm. Mat Winter 
Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, as – "An inflection point in history". He adds: "These are exciting times for the Navy as we are truly doing something that has never been done before – something I never imagined could be done during my 29-year naval career.


COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

DNV GL COMPIT. Preview

  The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany. First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a key conference in information technology (IT) for the maritime industries, bringing together software developers and users. Most participants come from industry, reflecting the practical relevance of the event


Boeing Unveils Robotic Submarine

Echo Voyager. Photo: Boeing

Boeing Co. has unveiled at its Huntington Beach facility an autonomous, unmanned undersea vehicle that can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.   The Echo Voyager, which is 51 feet long, is capable of running on its own, unmanned, for months underwater while being able to dive to 11,000 feet.   Echo Voyager is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger.  


Navy Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air Systems

The Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Images of remotely piloted aircraft soaring over a naval fleet might seem like an ultramodern picture. But unmanned aircraft are nothing new to the Fleet Air Arm, which has provided remotely piloted targets for gunnery practice since 1953.   This started with the jet-powered Jindivik pilotless aircraft being used as a target, then for target towing before retirement in 1998.   Sea Sparrow missiles were tested by firing at Kalkara aircraft, the Jindivik’s successor.


ABS, Industry Partners to Advance Autonomous Shipping

Photo: ABS

ABS joined the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance to work with industry partners, including class organizations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers to advance autonomous shipping. The design will integrate features of independent decision-making, autonomous navigation


Unmanned RIB to The Rescue

(Photo: ASV Global)

A high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) will be featured in the first unmanned water-borne demonstration to take place at the world’s largest defense and security exhibition, being staged in London this month.   The result of a collaboration between BAE Systems and ASV Global


BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

(Image: BMT)

BMT has launched VENARI-85, a new mine countermeasure (MCM) concept design said it be capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, while simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world


Thales Invests to Advance Autonomy

(Copyright Thales)

Thales is announcing a major commitment to develop future autonomous and unmanned technology across air and sea by investing in two new UK-based trials and training centers.   Following Thales’s successful trials during the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise in 2016


USV Deployed for 22 Days in South China Sea

Vigilant Class IUSV at sea during 22 day deployment (Photo: Zycraft)

A Singapore based designer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) said one of its vehicles was recently deployed for more than three weeks in the South China Sea.   The 22-day continuous deployment marks the longest ever for Zycraft’s wholly developed Vigilant class


Martek Appoints Appel as UAS Technical Manager

Martin Appel (Photo: Martek)

Martek Marine (Martek) has appointed drone specialist Martin Appel as UAS Technical Manager, joining the rapidly expanding number of drone and aviation experts that make up the company’s UAS Division.   The appointment of Appel follows the assignment of highly-acclaimed aviation


LR Launches Code to Certify Unmanned Vessels

Lloyd's Register (LR) has launched the LR Unmanned Marine Systems Code, a goal-based code that takes a structured approach to the assessment of unmanned marine systems (UMS) against a set of safety and operational performance requirements.


Missile Attack on UAE Ship Off Yemen

One crew member was wounded when Yemen's Houthis fired a missile at a United Arab Emirates ship in the Red Sea, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Thursday, in the latest in a series of attacks on ships in the area. SPA said the ship came under attack as it was leaving the port of


Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

(Credit: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. At an impressive virtual reality demonstration seen late last year and then again at a frigid, late winter visit to the Boston waterfront, the future of workboat technology became all too evident for this writer


Disruption 'Powered by Transas'

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Frank Coles, the ubiquitous leader of Transas, fresh from his company’s user’s conference in Malta. In typical candor, Coles paints his picture of maritime and shipping’s future.  


AUSINDEX Strengthens Ties Between Aus, Indian Navies

HMAS Newcastle conduct officer of the watch manoeuvres with Indian Navy Ship INS Kamorta off the West Australian Exercise Areas (WAXA) as part of AUSINDEX. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Newcastle’s capabilities proved invaluable during a complex warfare scenario involving Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kamorta during the Australia-India Exercise (AUSINDEX) held off the Western Australian coast.    The ships headed out to sea, after a short harbour phase


New Australian Navy Vessel Arrives in Home Port

Photo: Damen

Completing her maiden voyage, the Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore arrived in Sydney harbor early on Monday morning. The 94-meter-long vessel is now less than a month away from deployment as a versatile multi-role vessel and helicopter training platform for the Royal


US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.  


Training Flight Deck at Sea Comes to Australia

MV Sycamore multi-role aviation training vessel (MATV) entering Sydney Harbour. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australia’s new multirole aviation training vessel MV Sycamore has recently arrived in Sydney.    Designed to support Defence helicopter training, having been launched in Vietnam in August 2016, built by Skelder and overseen by Serco Defence


UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

(Photo: BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K






 
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