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August 2, 2022

US Navy and L3Harris demonstrate autonomous capabilities during RIMPAC

The demonstration results will be used to continue developing and integrating autonomous capabilities.

L3Harris Technologies together with the US Navy is demonstrating advanced maritime autonomous capabilities using uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) technologies.

The demonstration is being conducted as part of the latest iteration of RIMPAC exercise that is underway off the coast of Pearl Harbour in Hawaii from 29 June to 4 August.

Around 25,000 personnel from across 26 nations, together with surface ships, submarines, national land forces and aircraft have participated in the exercise.

The latest demonstration is being conducted to showcase how USV technologies can be used to provide critical support to the traditional maritime forces.

As part of the demonstration, the US Navy will operate its medium-displacement USV called Nomad, equipped with a set of autonomous technologies provided by L3Harris.

These technologies, including control, electro-optical and communications systems, allow the USV to perform strategic missions safely and precisely, without the need of deploying a crew onboard.

L3Harris Maritime president Rosemary Chapdelaine said: “RIMPAC provides a great opportunity to demonstrate how uncrewed autonomous technology can support maritime forces.

“Lessons learned from this exercise will enable us to continue developing and integrating autonomous capabilities in collaboration with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Uncrewed Maritime Systems.”

The USV Nomad primarily performs information, surveillance and reconnaissance operations and maritime domain awareness missions.

Nomad is capable of operating in an autonomous mode, along with maintaining vessel awareness and adhering to the international collision avoidance guidelines.

It can be remotely piloted from a ship-based or an onshore ground control station.

L3Harris Technologies has delivered over 125 autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) and optionally manned vehicles to its defence and commercial users.

The ASVs can perform a range of military, security, offshore energy and scientific missions.

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