09/10/2020

UK Royal Navy’s Puma Drone Undergoes First Operational Testing

UK Royal Navy’s Puma Drone Undergoes First Operational Testing – link

Source: Defense World

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  • British flagship HMS Albion is the first Royal Navy warship to deploy with a Fleet Air Arm drone flight to support operations
  • The lightweight Puma is undergoing its first operational testing on Albion’s autumn deployment to the Mediterranean as its operators from 700X Naval Air Squadron’s Phantom Flight – normally based at Culdrose in Cornwall – develop new tactics and work out how it, and other unmanned aerial systems can be used side-by-side with other Royal Navy vessels and equipment
  • As well as the work being carried out by 700X, Puma is being tested by the Future Commando Force teams from 42 Commando as they develop their ability to target enemy defenses close to shore
  • The three months on Albion and the numerous exercises the flagship is conducting gives Phantom Flight an unprecedented chance to push the potential of Puma
  • Experimentation is at the heart of Albion’s deployment. Before the task group returns to the South West in December, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines will test new ideas, kit and tactics. 700X will soon be put to the test alongside a host of crewless systems on Exercise Autonomous Advanced Force 3.0
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