LONDON, ($1=0.72 British Pounds) – The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom presented a program of the future autonomous fleet, which can determine its work over the next 50 years, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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Thus, on September 12, the press service of the British Navy spoke about several projects that could become the basis of the fleet in the future and developed within the forum UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology [UKNEST].
The Royal Navy is currently focused on investing in an innovative and automated fleet, which says the UK Navy will increase the resilience, lethality, and affordability of its ships by increasing costs by £24 billion over four years.
“If we can’t compete traditionally in terms of numbers, we have to think differently if we want to regain the operational advantage. The young engineers who worked on this project think radically and with real imagination, reflecting what they think. The Royal Navy” so Vice-Admiral of the British Navy Nick Hein responded to the submitted projects.
Future projects include a station that can launch drones into the stratosphere; high-speed unmanned boats with small autonomous boats; aircraft carriers operating on both biofuels and renewable energy sources, as well as futuristic submarines.
Other conceptual ideas include the widespread use of artificial intelligence to assist in low-level planning and underwater vehicles that can carry everything from food to ammunition.
$4.8 million in British taxes goes to smarter missiles
In the next two years, Britain will develop a new, smarter, and next-generation missile system. $ 4.8 million [£ 3.5 million] of British taxes will be invested in developing the systems.
The design and development were assigned to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory [Dstl]. The project is part of a massive increase in the Kingdom’s defense budget over the next four years by nearly $ 33 billion [£24 billion]. Nearly $10 billion [£ 6.6 billion] has been earmarked from this increase in R&D.
The new missile system, which is expected to be developed, known as the Cooperative Demonstration Technological Weapon Demonstrator [CSWTD], must operate autonomously, allowing it to be coded and electronically communicating with other weapon systems. The British Ministry of Defense expects the new system to give greater flexibility to the missiles, more precise and timely response to the detection of a specific threat, and work in all weather conditions.
“Drawing on the vital expertise of our Dstl scientists, innovative new missile systems will enhance our current capabilities as Defense adapts to meet future threats,” said Jeremy Quinn, the Kingdom’s Minister of State (Minister for Defence Procurement). “With an investment into research and development, this project highlights the central role of science and technology playing in informing how our assets operate,” he added.
The CSWTD project will upgrade existing software and hardware, both with the launch platform and the communication between the missiles themselves, to conduct hundreds of studies on communication between the missiles themselves.
UK spends £3M on new thermal devices with augmented reality
The British Ministry of Defense will spend nearly $ 4.4 million for ClipIR XD-E Thermal Clip-on systems [TCOS] with which the British soldiers will be equipped. The contractor is Thermoteknix and will have to deliver the first devices to the British military within 12 months.
ClipIR XD-E Thermal Clip-on systems are a combination of night and thermal imaging and can receive external data, such as navigation. This qualifies them as augmented reality devices. The characteristic of these systems is that they allow them to be used in low light or without light.
ClipIR XD utilizes Thermoteknix patented shutterless XTi technology for exceptional thermal image quality and silent operation without any moving parts. XTi technology provides the ClipIR XD with 60Hz framerate at ultra-low latency which avoids user fatigue or motion effects, a rapid start-up time to image, and does not require the thermal camera non-uniformity calibration before or during use regardless of ambient temperature or operating hours – a requirement present in competitor products.
ClipIR XD provides a 40 ° field of view that matches the full field of view of most night vision devices, crucial in close combat situations and on patrol when situational awareness on either side of the wearer’s direct vision is essential for threat detection.
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