BAE tests unmanned boat in waters off Portsmouth

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IT LOOKS like a typical navy boat but there’s one vital difference - nobody’s on board.

BAE Systems has tested this remote-controlled unmanned boat in waters off Portsmouth.

The new system will allow crews to carry out vital tasks such as high-speed reconnaissance while keeping sailors out of harm’s way.

Product and training services director Les Gregory said: ‘This technology delivers an extremely robust and fast-moving unmanned boat that is able to perform a number of surveillance and reconnaissance roles, even when operating at high speed or in choppy water.

‘This system provides an extremely manoeuvrable multi-role vessel.’

The boat can operate autonomously for up to 12 hours at a time on either a pre-planned route or via remote control.