Londra – La navigazione autonoma non risparmia il mondo militare. Nei giorni scorsi la Royal Navy britannica ha testato in acque norvegesi la prima unità marittima senza equipaggio. Un esperimento che i militari hanno definito “rivoluzionario” per la storia della Marina. Già abituate all’uso di droni e mezzi terrestri a controllo remoto, le Forze armate del Regno Unito entrano così nella dimensione autonoma marittima.
Questo il comunicato ufficiale della Royal Navy: “Royal Marines small boat specialists 47 Commando have been in Norway working alongside HMS Albion, the Royal Navy’s autonomous accelerator NavyX and the Office for the Chief Technology Officer to see how the kit could work during operations”.
“Exercise Autonomous Advance Force put unmanned boat Mast 13, heavy lift drone from Malloy, remotely-piloted air system Puma and the Remus unmanned sub-surface drone through their paces in the harsh conditions of the Arctic”.
“An artificial intelligence system to control all of this tech was integrated in amphibious ship Albion, with industry partners welcomed on board to implement and oversee the system trials. The successful four-day exercise saw these technologies make their debut in an operational setting”.
“It was the first time an unmanned surface vessel has been operated from the dock in HMS Albion and the first time 700X Naval Air Squadron have flown Puma from a Royal Marines landing craft”.