Solent LEP has awarded BAE Systems a grant of £457,000 to design and deliver the UK’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.

Systems together with ASV Global, Blue Bear Systems Research, Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton, will work together to provide the service’s infrastructure, with other organisations set to join later this year. Together the Solent LEP and partner organisations are investing £1.5 million in this project.

In October 2016, BAE Systems and the test service partners showcased their autonomous maritime capabilities in the Royal Navy’s ‘Unmanned Warrior’ exercise. One of the unmanned boats used in the Unmanned Warrior exercise was BAE Systems Pacific Class 950 unmanned rigid inflatable boat.

(Pacific Class 950, BAE Systems).

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