08 October 2021
by Richard Scott
NavyX's Pacific 24 USV pictured at launch in early June 2020. (BAE Systems)
The UK Royal Navy (RN) is planning to trial an Autonomous Pacific 24 (APAC24) inflexible inflatable boat from a Batch 1 River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV).
Developed by BAE Systems and operated by the RN's NavyX autonomy and lethality accelerator, the APAC24 is an unmanned floor car (USV) testbed getting used to assist investigations of how a USV primarily based on a typical sea boat might ship power safety and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The APAC24 is an adaptation of the usual 7.5 m Pacific 24 Mk 4 sea boat deployed throughout the RN floor fleet.
According to the RN, it's deliberate to run trials of the APAC24 from a Batch 1 River-class OPV at an unspecified date in 2022. In assist of the trial, the Navy Command Headquarters on 6 October issued an invite to tender (ITT) for the acquisition of a launch and restoration system to be fitted to the host vessel.
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