Royal Navy tests experimental equipment in Cyprus

5 November 2020 (Last Updated November 5th, 2020 16:23)

Royal Navy’s Littoral Strike Group has trialled experimental equipment, such as drones, autonomous systems, quad bikes, jet skis and new communications systems, off the coast of Cyprus.

Royal Navy tests experimental equipment in Cyprus
A Royal Marine stands beside a large tree to site in his weapon during a firefight with aggressors. Credit: Photo by Lance CPL. R. L. Kugler, JR.

Royal Navy’s Littoral Strike Group has trialled experimental equipment, such as drones, autonomous systems, quad bikes, jet skis and new communications systems, off the coast of Cyprus.

In September, over 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines sailed for a three-month deployment in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and North Africa, to test Future Commando Force (FCF) and Littoral Strike Group (LRG) concepts.

The FCF is a modernisation project that aims to change the mode of operation of the Royal Marines in the 21st century.

Commando Forces will be used for Littoral Strike capability. They will be used from a sea-base to tackle targets in politically delicate or high-risk areas.

This is expected to provide an ‘agile and lethal capability’ to the UK, which will be ready for missions across the world at short notice.

The teams used the Malloy T-150 quadcopter drones that had resupplies of over 60kg of ammunition in Cyprus.

They also experimented with military jet ski-style vehicles that can drop small teams and supplies secretly ashore, as well as communications technology that provides live imagery to the ground.

COMLSG Commodore Rob Pedre said: “Royal Navy Flagship HMS Albion’s hosting of the Capability Demonstration in Cyprus has been a highlight of the LRG(X) deployment.

“The demonstration by our sailors and marines was superb, and showcased the quality of our Armed Forces, whilst providing an insight into how the Royal Navy is integrating future technology and new concepts.

“The event was also an important expression of the UK’s steadfast commitment to our allies and partners, as we work together to support regional stability within the Eastern Mediterranean.”