BAE Systems is set to showcase its combat systems and unmanned technologies at the Unmanned Warrior exercise, an event organised by the UK Royal Navy.

The exercise, which is scheduled to be held this October off the coasts of Scotland and West Wales, aims to promote the latest technologies, developed by the country’s defence companies.

During the exercise, participants from industry, academia and defence will operate more than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems.

“The real challenge around the introduction of autonomy is how a mix of manned and unmanned systems is managed.”

BAE Systems’ technologies will deliver an end-to-end command and control of unmanned vehicles, demonstrating how they can integrate with existing maritime combat systems.

BAE Systems head of technology combat systems Frank Cotton said: "Unmanned Warrior gives us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how the command and control of unmanned vehicles can be integrated seamlessly into the existing shipborne and land-based infrastructures.

"The real challenge around the introduction of autonomy is how a mix of manned and unmanned systems is managed."

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Partnering with QinetiQ, Thales and SeeByte, BAE Systems will deliver maritime autonomous platform exploitation (MAPLE), which is a transportable command and control centre with the capability of integrating unmanned systems from multiple suppliers.

MAPLE is an extension of the BAE Systems’ combat management system that is incorporated in all of the Royal Navy’s major warships.

The exercise will also feature BAE Systems’ MarTacNet technology, developed in collaboration with Cloudnet IT Solutions, 6Harmonics, Fairspectrum, and Strathclyde University.

BAE Systems will also showcase its P950 unmanned and P24 optionally manned RIBs, both developed in collaboration with ASV.

The newly designed crafts are said to offer ship-launched manoeuvrability and promote an improved situational awareness to support the decision-making of its operators.

The technology is designed to be incorporated modularly in an affordable way into the existing RIBSs, such as those already used by the Royal Navy.

In a separate development, BAE Systems has secured a $29.4m competitively awarded contract from the US Navy to maintain the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64).