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Navy Integrates New Unmanned, AI Systems Into Middle East Operations

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The U.S. Navy has launched a new event in the Middle East that aims to integrate artificial intelligence and unmanned systems into the U.S. 5th Fleet operations in the region.

The three-week Digital Horizon event, managed by Task Force 59 in Bahrain, will include 15 different types of unmanned systems—10 of which will operate in the area for the first time—as well as several AI and data integration systems, the Navy said Wednesday. 

Some of the featured systems include Elbit Systems‘ Seagull unmanned surface vessel, L3Harris Technologies‘ Arabian Fox MAST-13 autonomous vessel, Marine Advanced Robotics’ WAM-V watercraft and Ocean Aero’s TRITON autonomous underwater and surface vehicle. 

Digital Horizon will also employ unmanned surface vessels from Maritime Tactical Systems, Ocius, Open Ocean Robotics, Saildrone, Seasats and SeaTrac as well as unmanned aerial vehicles from Aerovel, Shield AI and Easy Aerial.

Other companies participating in the event are Accenture Federal Services, BigBear.ai and Silvus Technologies.

“By harnessing these new unmanned technologies and combining them with artificial intelligence, we will enhance regional maritime security and strengthen deterrence,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces.