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DSEI 2021: RN pushes for 'podular' capabilities

15th September 2021 - 17:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


NavyPODS concept graphic shown during the keynote from VAdm Nick Hine at DSEI on 15 September. (Photo: Harry Lye)

The RN hopes its Persistent Operational Deployment Systems (NavyPODS) concept would allow ships to stay up to date with technological changes more quickly.

During his keynote speech on 15 September during the DSEI trade show in London, Second Sea Lord VAdm Nick Hine said the RN wanted to detach capability from platforms as he shone more light on the NavyPODS concept.

Hine told DSEI delegates that the RN needed to evolve its thinking from platform-based approaches to a simpler focus, where vessels' capability is defined by modules rather than a predefined task.

The PODS concept being pursued by the RN would see vessels reconfiguring while underway, with pods capable of being delivered via autonomous aircraft or boats.

Detailing the approach, Hine said: 'Rather than design …

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