Surface Navy 2022: US Navy shows greater interest in integrating autonomous systems on manned platforms
12 January 2022
by Michael Fabey
The US Navy (USN) appears to be keen about integrating autonomous hull, mechanical, and electric (HME) systems on manned platforms, according to Tom Reynolds, senior director of Business Development, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Technical Solutions for Unmanned Systems.
The navy recently issued a request for information associated with such integration work, Reynolds said during a HII media roundtable on 11 January at the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, which started the same day in Arlington, Virginia.
Integrating autonomous systems on manned vessels would help with the development of unmanned systems and platforms, he added.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense said the North Korean missiles launched on 17 January from Pyongyang fell near the east coast of North Korea, outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japanese MoD – https://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2022/01/17b.html)
North Korea launched two more missiles on 17 January, the latest in a series of similar drills since the beginning of 2022. Janes assesses that the new launches featured a version of the KN-24 short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).
A Spanish Eurofighter combat aircraft carrying a pair of Meteor missiles on its underfuselage weapon stations. (Spanish Air Force)
The Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Espanol: EdAE) has begun flight operations of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft armed with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), the service announced on 15 January.
According to the service's official Twitter account, a Eurofighter (designated C.16 in national service) flew operationally for the first time with the Meteor missile on 14 January.
China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation (XAC) is progressing rapidly with the development of both the Y-20B heavy transport aircraft fitted with Shenyang WS-20 high-bypass turbofan engines and its KJ-600 carrier-capable airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, satellite imagery captured in late November 2021 shows.
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