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Royal Navy commissions new autonomous vessel Madfox into the fleet

Royal Navy commissions new autonomous vessel Madfox into the fleet

Madfox, a new autonomous vessel in the Royal Navy's fleet, has been formally commissioned. NavyX, the Royal Navy's experimentation division, is in charge of the USV.

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Madfox is derived from technology firm L3Harris’ Mast-13 vessel, which for the past 18 months has been operated by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on a series of trials with the Royal Navy.

“With Madfox now directly in the hands of NavyX, the team will be able to explore a multitude of issues such as safety, regulatory compliance, new missions, new payloads and the role that a USV can play in complex operations and within the future fleet," commented Commander Antony Crabb, NavyX team leader.

The MAST-13 is a 13-meter (41-foot) long high-speed unmanned testbed vessel designed and developed by L3Harris for Dstl. It is intended for the Royal Navy to explore new methods of retaining a technological advantage over possible adversaries. The ASView control system was used to integrate it into HMS Albion, allowing the unmanned vessel to be remotely operated from a station on board the warship.

MAST-13 was able to maneuver safely at a distance from its operator thanks to the good integration and complete situational awareness provided by the on-board sensor kit.

The MAST-13 is a 13-meter (41-foot) long high-speed unmanned testbed vessel designed and developed by L3Harris for Dstl. It is intended for the Royal Navy to explore new methods of retaining a technological advantage over possible adversaries. The ASView control system was used to integrate it into HMS Albion, allowing the unmanned vessel to be remotely operated from a station on board the warship.

MAST-13 was able to maneuver safely at a distance from its operator thanks to the good integration and complete situational awareness provided by the on-board sensor kit.

MAST-13 was remotely piloted into HMS Albion's dock at the start of the trial, showing how simple it is to operate an ASV alongside a warship.

After that, the team completed 22 manned cycles of entering and retracting before transitioning to the remote station to repeat the procedure without an onboard crew.

MAST-13 also performed several other tasks in unmanned mode while sending feeds back to the remote base, using the Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation (MAPLE) integrated command and control system.

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