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Unmanned Vehicles

Euronaval 2016: Collaboration key for unmanned future (video)

26th October 2016 - 09:58 GMT | by Richard Thomas, Grant Turnbull in Paris


As the use of unmanned vessels in the maritime domain increases, the next major challenge for industry and navies will be how these vehicles collaborate both between themselves and with other manned vessels, the CEO of ECA Group told Shephard.

Guénaël Guillerme said it was a 'strong belief' of ECA Group that unmanned systems cannot be alone at sea, particulaly in defence, so it was vital that a human always remained in the loop. For MCM, that will involve data being transferred back to a mothership so a crew can make a decision on the threat and how to deal with it.

Ultimately, it means that the human crew is far away from the danger posed by threats such as underwater mines.

For more from Euronaval 2016, see our dedicated news page.

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