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Lean RIBs could run unmanned

22nd December 2015 - 10:22 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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The Royal Navy’s new Pacific 24 RIBs could include an unmanned capability in future by retrofitting technology demonstrated earlier this year.

In October, BAE Systems and ASV trialled aspects of the fledgling USV programme in UK waters and although the technology was fitted onto a different platform, it is compatible with future Pacific 24 RIBs. 

As revealed last week BAE Systems announced that the UK MoD awarded a £13.5 million contract for 60 new Pacific 24 RIBs, which will be deployed on a range of vessels such as River-class OPVs and Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.

The first next-generation Pacific 24 Rigid …

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