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A series of futuristic-looking, remote-controlled water vehicles could be added to the Royal Navy's arsenal.
The Ministry of Defence has commissioned a £200,000 study of a group of drones.
These include a robot patrol dinghy and a small aerial drone, similar to a seaplane, which is designed to take off and land on water.
The machines will be subjected to testing at sea by naval experts over the next three years.
One of the vessels being considered is a carbon fibre mini-submarine capable of being programmed by satellite and used to conduct covert surveillance.
Another vehicle is almost completely submerged, with a single spar protruding vertically above water which carries radio and positioning equipment.
One larger boat is capable of carrying machine guns and missiles, as well as cameras and radar systems, and is designed to investigate suspicious craft or objects as the operator remains at a safe distance.
Well it's different in the sense that it's a seaplane. I've been keeping half an eye on this UAV company for a while - if you google them you can find a website where they have video clips of the UAVs flying. GBP200k is peanuts but all the same it's great to see a small company with a great idea and expertise be taken seriously by the UK armed forces; good luck to them
Originally posted by paperplane_uk
the royal navy has been testing quite a few uav systems over the past couple of years. This is no different.
? Ok, so how is a small unmanned aircraft that can land and take off on water, be deployed by small vessels without helipads, potentially act as over-the-horizon sensing/targeting, land and use a dunking sonar, a relay platform etc at a fraction of the cost of a manned helicopter, a waste of money?
Originally posted by PatrioticAmerican
Congrats, Twits, on spending so much money that could be better spent. What's going to be the use of this plane? The same as that of the Eurofighter (i.e. prestige plane)?