Unmanned systems on display in Bahrain ahead of Digital Horizon 2022 exercises) Unmanned systems from a number of countries are on display at Manama's Bahrain Exhibition Centre ahead of the upcoming Digital Horizon 2022 exercises. The displays include existing and future unmanned platforms, systems and applications.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 • 8:40 EST

WASHINGTON — The US Navy is launching today a three-week event in the Middle East focused on employing artificial intelligence and 15 different unmanned systems, many of which the service will operate in the region for the first time. The event, called Digital Horizon, is being hosted by Task Force 59, a group established by US 5th Fleet in September 2021 and tasked to experiment with how the service can incorporate unmanned systems into operations. This year’s exercise will feature 17 companies that collectively bring 15 “different types of unmanned systems, 10 of which will operate with US 5th Fleet” for the first time, according to the Navy statement. Some of the systems participating include Aerovel’s Flexrotor and Shield AI’s V-BAT unmanned aerial vehicles as well as Elbit Systems Seagull, MARATC’s T-38 Devil Ray and Saildrone’s Explorer unmanned surface vessels. “By harnessing these new unmanned technologies and combining them with artificial intelligence, we will enhance regional maritime security and strengthen deterrence,” Cooper said in a Navy statement about Digital Horizon. Michael Brasseur, commander of Task Force 59, added that industry is working with the service in “one of the most difficult operational environments… I am extremely proud of the entire team, including our many partners across government, academia, and industry for their commitment to Digital Horizon, as we discover new capability together.” In addition to contributing vehicles, several companies involved in the exercise will also incorporate artificial intelligence and data analytics systems. Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the officer leading 5th Fleet and overseeing the task force, has said he aims to have 100 unmanned surface vessels operating in the region by next summer. (breakingdefense.com). Continue reading.

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