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Schiebel – leading the Unmanned Air System evolution


April 2024 | Technology Report | uas


How shipboard UAVs are unlocking new concepts of operation for naval commanders


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In this new Technology Report, Gerrard Cowan examines the potential offered up by the latest generation of naval UAS, coupled with advanced payloads and the advent of specially designed or adapted host vessels. 

Turning first to the mine countermeasure (MCM) mission set, he examines the benefits of integrating UAVs into a multi-domain sensor and effector network, including the role of technologies such as LIDAR and the long-term possibility of autonomous platforms neutralising sea mines from the air. 

In Part 2, he tackles the emergence of ships deployed as carriers for aerial and other uncrewed systems, looking at how industry is tackling challenges such as UAV integration, command and control, and all-weather operations. 

David Hurst, Director, Branded Content

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APRIL 2024 |  technology report  | UAS

Mine countermeasures – search and destroy 

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As the threat of sea mines makes a resurgence and leading navies move towards deploying arrays of uncrewed systems for MCM operations, Shephard looks at the contribution of UAS to a multi-domain network of autonomous and remotely operated vehicles active above, on and below the waves. 

Drone carriers – hosts with the most 

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With many navies actively planning to acquire or modify vessels that will act primarily as ‘motherships’ for a complement of uncrewed systems, Shephard dives into the capabilities and mission sets for these specialist craft, and what role they will play in the wider naval force.


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