700X Naval Air Squadron headed out for a week of trials on board HMS Mersey, say the Royal Navy.
According to the Royal Navy, 700X Naval Air Squadron have been working hard over the past few months to trial unmanned equipment and its suitability for future operations.
“Based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, 700X has taken to the sea in the latest step of its pioneering adventure into remotely-piloted air systems. They headed out for a week of trials on board the fishery protection ship HMS Mersey. To help the squadron get to grips with remotely-piloted aviation, they spent time in the USA. In Huntsville, Alabama, they received training on the Puma and Wasp air systems and learned how to operate the aircraft in various scenarios.”
700X commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Justin Matthews said:
“These remotely-piloted systems can act as an extension to a ship’s suite of sensors and potentially as a weapon delivery platform. We’ve set up this new flight to test that concept as a capability. We want to be able to demonstrate how you could take any generic UAV, fly it from a ship, and get its information back in a meaningful way. Although we continue to work with industry, this is about the Royal Navy flying a Royal Navy UAV from a Royal Navy ship. That is a fabulously exciting concept.“
It is understood that the team are using an existing air system known as Puma, which can be launched and recovered from ships. 700X will also be taking systems on exercise to Norway soon, say the Royal Navy.
You can read more about this from the Royal Navy themselves here.