A potential future assault by Royal Marines was planned by Royal Navy engineers incorporating technology such as AI, exoskeletons, and ‘invisible commandos’. Graduates from the UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology (UKNEST) Forum were asked to create an assault plan on an enemy missile site on a clifftop.
The engineers planned the assault at the Commando’s Training Centre at Lympstone to help them understand the gear currently used in similar operations. The graduates looked at how Marines would neutralise a target, distract the enemy, and the challenges they would face.
Major Matt Perks said: “This was one of those inspiring projects that captured peoples’ imagination. The Royal Marines have always prided themselves on thinking differently, but we know we don’t have all the answers when it comes to designing the Future Commando Force, so working with these incredibly talented young engineers was a chance to push the conceptual boundaries of amphibious warfare in ways we hadn’t considered. The results have been spectacularly innovative.”
Engineers included technology such as:
Engineers came up with a number of designs for new technology including drones and advanced exoskeletons. It is unknown which designs could be put into regular use in the future but technology such as advanced drones and 3D printers are being explored by the MOD.
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