HMS Princes of Wales was the setting for the Future Maritime Aviation Force Accelerator Day, bringing together experts from the Royal Navy, MoD and industry to meet and discuss the vision for drone operations.
The Royal Navy say here that this comes as the navy seeks to develop and invest in the latest technology, bringing new, world-beating equipment to the frontline quicker.
Brigadier Dan Cheesman, Chief Technology Officer for the Royal Navy said that the event was about seeing how the Royal Navy could build-on and gain advantage from the pace of technological development already underway in the commercial sector.
“The aim is to transition rapidly from what we have now to whatever we want in the future. We live in an exponential world of technological change and if we can integrate the latest and get it on operations, it will deliver battle-winning advantage. Specifically, getting that technology onto ships like HMS Prince of Wales would be a game-changer. We are working in collaboration with companies like the ones here today to understand how they can help us move faster.”
Trials earlier this year in Norway saw unmanned systems used on HMS Albion and last year on HMS Argyll. Going forward, all Royal Navy ships will possess open architecture, fully-networked, organic crewless aviation systems with Prince of Wales being at the forefront of a series of trials, say the Royal Navy.
As previously announced by First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, this will see the aircraft carrier being used as a testbed for un-crewed aerial vehicles.