- Unmanned system enables U.K. to maintain technical advantage over potential adversaries
- Thirteen-meter Autonomous Surface Vehicle serves as test platform to support Royal Navy
- System developed by L3Harris and Dstl and launched at DSEI
L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has delivered a brand-new class of Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) with advanced capabilities to enable the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy to understand how to maintain a technical advantage over potential adversaries.
The Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) 13 is a 13-meter (41-foot) long high-speed system capable of fully autonomous navigation. The ASV uses L3Harris’ ASView proprietary autonomous control system and advanced algorithms developed for the U.K.’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Designed, built and commissioned by L3Harris’ Unmanned Maritime Systems team based on the south coast of the U.K., MAST 13 was officially launched on 11th September at DSEI in London.
The system carried out unmanned surveillance and force protection in the Victoria Dock at DSEI.
“MAST 13 reflects the increased use of unmanned systems in the military domain. This vehicle serves as a test platform to support new concepts for the Royal Navy, allowing them to exploit unmanned systems and maintain a technical advantage,” said Alasdair Gilchrist, Above Water Systems Programme Manager, Dstl.
“Our long-standing collaboration with Dstl enables us to provide the Royal Navy with the industry’s most advanced autonomous capability. MAST 13 combines fit-for-purpose design with integrated advanced autonomy,” said Mark Exeter, Managing Director, L3Harris Unmanned Maritime Systems U.K.
Since 2014, L3Harris and Dstl have collaborated to develop ASVs that support new concepts for the Royal Navy and act as a testbed for innovative technologies.
“As the programme continues, we welcome collaboration with other organisations to test new algorithms, sensors, payloads and novel concepts. We encourage any such organisations to get in touch,” added Gilchrist.
Predecessor MAST systems developed by L3Harris and Dstl have carried out numerous high-profile operations, including the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior in 2016 and the Australian Defence Showcase, Autonomous Warrior in 2018. MAST 9 is currently in Portugal for the NATO exercise ‘REPMUS’. The high-speed vessel is operating autonomously, beyond line-of-sight, to carry out reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks.
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