Royal Navy could be armed with drone ships within the decade


The Royal Navy could be armed with ‘drone ships’ to protect against threats on the sea as part of a new drone initiative.

According to defence sources, the Royal Navy could have missile-carrying ‘robot drone ships’ within the decade, carried on board destroyers or towed until a ship reaches a danger area.

As reported in The Express, the drone ship would accompany flagship aircraft carriers, freeing up the rest of the fleet to patrol elsewhere.

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The US Navy is said to be already planning to equip small unmanned vessels with missiles and cannons to help protect the shorelines there against enemy boats.

The naval drone initiative follows last week’s announcement by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson that the Army will begin using ‘swarm squadrons’ of flying drones to help overcome enemy defences.

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