In the UK, the former mistress of the seas today sparsely in the Navy. Therefore, the development of the fleet is based on Autonomous small surface ships and submarines. It is unlikely to attack, but to protect and to snap? completely.
The British company BAE Systems announced that it had entered into with the British Royal Navy, a contract to supply the troops unmanned patrol boats Pacific 24 (P24) Unmanned. The contract is worth 3.2 million pounds ($4 million) and it can be extended if the command will find unmanned boats P24 in demand to perform tasks.
Unmanned patrol boat in the performance of P24 can work independently or under control of a warship. Autonomous mission P24 may include counter-piracy, border control, constant intelligence gathering, Maritime security and violent confrontation, and all this without risk to the health and lives of seamen.
Autonomous boat P24 represents a rigid-hull inflatable boat (Rigid Inflatable Boat, RIB) with installed sensors and the autopilot system. Also the boat is equipped with long range acoustic device (LRAD, Long Range Acoustic Device) that can broadcast very loudly when and where necessary. Additionally, the length of the boat reached 7.8 m, and they develop speed is at 38 knots (70 km/h). On speed patrol battery charge is enough for 45 hours of work of systems of the boat.
Sets of sensors installed on the unmanned boat P24, include optical and thermal cameras with high resolution. Some of the equipment was developed by company L3Harris and Laboratory defence science and technology (DSTL). Acceptance testing of the boats will be completed this year, after which the Navy will decide on further upgrades or order a fleet of robotic boats to future classes of warships.