Unmanned Warrior

In line with the Strategic Defence and Security Review direction on innovation and defence exports, the RN has invited industry, academia and certain Defence partners, including the US Navy, to safely experiment and demonstrate the potential offered by maritime autonomous systems within the Joint Warrior operational environment.

This multinational event in October will see around 40 companies and organisations showing off the latest technological developments in this field in a tactically representative environment.

Taking place off the West coast of Scotland & Wales, as part of Joint Warrior 162, Unmanned Warrior will involve Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) conducting a number of challenging scenarios across different themes.

The majority of Unmanned Warrior demonstrations will take part in Scotland during Joint Warrior. A precursor to these activities will see a couple of days of demonstrations around the West coast of Wales.

Unmanned Warrior will provide an opportunity to showcase credible capability options for the Royal Navy of the future.

What we are doing

Demonstrating the latest unmanned system technologies, including air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors

Why we are there

To explore the feasibility of increasing the use of unmanned and autonomous systems in delivering maritime capability

What we are seeking to achieve is an event that re-shapes the market to provide new opportunities for everybody, and capability transformation for the Navy

Commander Peter Pipkin

Peter Pipkin

Rank: Commander

Commander Peter Pipkin joined the Royal Navy in 1992 as an artificer apprentice, on promotion to Commander, has recently taken up an appointment in Maritime Capability as the Surface Combatant Combat Systems Desk Officer and Fleet Robotics Officer.

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Location UW Scotland

The majority of Unmanned Warrior demonstrations will take place off the west coast of Scotland during Joint Warrior


Location UW Wales

Some demonstrations will also take place around the west coast of Wales as a precursor to the Joint Warrior activities

Unmanned Warrior

operations Joint Warrior

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

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