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UDT Europe: UK RN embracing unmanned technology

30th May 2012 - 10:00 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Alicante

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The UK Royal Navy (RN) has 'embraced' unmanned technology in an effort to counter underwater mines.

'There is a great desire to embrace that technology and we've already embraced unmanned platforms,' Capt David Pollock, deterrent and underwater capability, told the UDT Europe conference 29 May.

Pollock explained that the RN already uses the Remus AUV that is currently operated in the Persian Gulf, and explained that increasing autonomy reduces the need for people, an idea that the navy is pursuing.

He referred to the navy's MCM Hydrographic Patrol Capability (MHPC) programme, which 'seeks to replace ships with offboard sensors', which

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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