Unmanned Platforms

First Sea Lord outlines ambitions for large UAV experimentation off Prince of Wales

31 January 2020

The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, has outlined plans to start using HMS Prince of Wales , the second Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, as an experimentation platform for large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations in 2021.

Speaking at the Defence IQ Surface Warships conference in London on 30 January, Adm Radakin acknowledged that the scope of the plan was currently "very loose", but that his challenge to the shipbuilding industry was to cultivate a future-oriented mindset that sought to ensure that both of the RN's new aircraft carriers remained at the leading edge of technological advances going forward.

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