Unmanned Warrior

In line with the Strategic Defence and Security Review direction on innovation and defence exports, the Royal Navy with its partnerships in industry, academia and allied nations, hosted a real life, large scale demonstration of unmanned and autonomous systems which was codenamed “Unmanned Warrior”

Unmanned Warrior involved 50 different systems that could operate underwater, on the surface or in the air.  The vehicles, sensors and software had to perform in one of five challenging themes, to demonstrate their real-world utility within the demanding Joint Warrior exercise programme. In total, over six weeks of unmanned activity was achieved off the coasts of West Wales and the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

A demonstration of this size and complexity had never been attempted before using only unmanned systems but there were world class performances from all of the participants.  Several world-firsts occurred during the course of Unmanned Warrior including the largest UK deployment of oceanographic robotic systems and the multi-national, collaborative squad-based, autonomous tasking of air, surface and sub-surface unmanned vehicles in mine countermeasures.

Unmanned Warrior successfully demonstrated the maturity and utility of many systems as well as the future potential of many more.  Through collaboration it achieved successes far greater than the individual contributions and proved that innovative ways of working can deliver benefits across the enterprise.”

What we are doing

Demonstrating the latest unmanned system technologies, including air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors

Why we are there

To explore the feasibility of increasing the use of unmanned and autonomous systems in delivering maritime capability

What we are seeking to achieve is an event that re-shapes the market to provide new opportunities for everybody, and capability transformation for the Navy

Commander Peter Pipkin

Peter Pipkin

Rank: Commander

Commander Peter Pipkin joined the Royal Navy in 1992 as an artificer apprentice, on promotion to Commander, has recently taken up an appointment in Maritime Capability as the Surface Combatant Combat Systems Desk Officer and Fleet Robotics Officer.

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Location UW Scotland

The majority of Unmanned Warrior demonstrations will take place off the west coast of Scotland during Joint Warrior


Location UW Wales

Some demonstrations will also take place around the west coast of Wales as a precursor to the Joint Warrior activities

Unmanned Warrior

operations Joint Warrior

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

Maritime Warfare Centre

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700X Naval Air Squadron

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539 Assault Squadron

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Navy Command HQ

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Temporary Danger Areas Activation Webapp

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