Navies have traditionally been at the sharp end of technological development and adoption across the service. They engage their targets on sea, land and air and to maintain a fit and efficient security force requires every technological advantage that is available or which can can be developed.

The convergent technical innovations of 3d printing and unmanned flight from an independent and mobile platform such as a ship provide great opportunities for naval forces and the Royal Navy is clearly exploring the possibilities with this successful public test flight. 3D-printed aircraft has been launched from a Royal Navy ship and landed safely on a Dorset beach. The navy said the test flight from HMS Mersey demonstrated the potential use of small, unmanned aircraft at sea.


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