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Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL4736, tabled on 17 December 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what use the Royal Navy is making of unmanned vehicles.

Answered on

23 December 2015

The Royal Navy (RN) recognises that autonomous systems offer a unique opportunity to maintain our operational advantage, and benefits significantly from the use of unmanned vehicles in both air and sea environments.

The Scan Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System offers enhanced maritime surveillance and improved situational awareness in support of the RN in a number of operational theatres.

The Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels employ an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) for remote mine-disposal known as the Seafox mine-disposal system. In addition, the Fleet Diving Squadron employs a small UUV for seabed searches.

The RN continues to explore how autonomous systems can further augment its capabilities into the future.