Royal Marines and unmanned vehicles have been involved in an exercise.
Alpha Company of 40 Commando took part in Exercise Commando Warrior alongside 1 Assault Group Royal Marines at Tregantle Beach, in Cornwall.
“While advancing towards the beach, the marines were being supported by an unmanned boat cruising the coastline looking for enemy forces both on land and at sea, using its on board cameras and sensors.
Meanwhile, a small Unmanned Air System, similar to a drone, was looking from the skies for any signs of danger and two Unmanned Ground Vehicles were providing overwatch and fire support if necessary.”
“The information was also passed to a separate command and control facility at the 3 Commando Brigade headquarters.
With the autonomous vehicles looking on, the Royal Marines raided the beach, climbed the cliffs, took out ‘enemy’ forces patrolling and abseiled back to the sandy shore.”
Commando Warrior was the first time Royal Marines have used the autonomous vehicles during tactical action.