Drones carrying resupplies of ammunition and feeding live video have supported Commando teams ‘going into battle’ in Cyprus exercises.
The UK’s Littoral Response Group used the waters, shores and exercise areas of Cyprus to see how drones, autonomous systems, new vehicles and cutting-edge communications can transform the way the Royal Marines go into action.
According to a Royal Navy news release:
“The lessons learned in Cyprus will help forge the nation’s amphibious forces of tomorrow, as well as the Future Commando Force – the reinvention of the Royal Marines as raiding specialists, returning to their commando roots… supported by the latest tech. Various traditional scenarios have been played out in the eastern Mediterranean – evacuations of civilians from a war zone, taking down terrorists and warlords – but with new tech, new communications equipment, new uniforms and new tactics, transforming the 21st Century battlefield. In all, some 40 different experiments and assessments were carried out, spread across nine real-time exercises.
Six-wheeled/tracked ‘quad bikes’ have been tested to move two-man commando teams and their kit rapidly around the island. Overhead small drones monitored ‘enemy’ movements, providing leaders with unparalleled information on their foes – resulting in a successful assault a heavily-manned ‘enemy’ position. They shared Cypriot skies with large Malloy T-150 quadcopter drones – capable of carrying loads of more than 60kg over distances as much as 70 kilometres from ships or land bases directly to the front line. The Malloys were used extensively to drop ammunition, food and personal supplies to the men of 40 Commando as they fought their way through ancient ruins.”
Commodore Rob Pedre, Commander of the Littoral Strike Group, said in the news release:
“HMS Albion’s hosting of the capability demonstration in Cyprus has been a highlight of the LRG(X) deployment. The demonstration by our sailors and marines was superb, and showcased the quality of our Armed Forces, whilst providing an insight into how the Royal Navy is integrating future technology and new concepts. The event was also an important expression of the UK’s steadfast commitment to our allies and partners, as we work together to support regional stability within the Eastern Mediterranean.”