The Royal Navy has officially welcomed autonomous vessel Madfox into its service, ready for future missions.
Named Madfox (Maritime Demonstrator For Operational eXperimentation), the autonomous vessel is derived from technology firm L3Harris’ Mast-13 vessel, which for the past 18 months has been operated by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on a series of trials with the Royal Navy.
Since being delivered, NavyX has been working hard to get Madfox to sea and ready to begin a demanding year of testing.
Over the next few months, NavyX will carry on its work with Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV), while also examining how these vessels can deliver across the range of military operations including surveillance and force protection.
Commander Antony Crabb, NavyX team leader, said:
“With Madfox now directly in the hands of NavyX, the team will be able to explore a multitude of issues such as safety, regulatory compliance, new missions, new payloads and the role that a USV can play in complex operations and within the future fleet.”
source Royal Navy