The US Navy is beginning its inaugural multi-domain manned and unmanned capabilities exercise which will feature unmanned systems on and under the water and in the air.
Starting April 19, Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 will be led by US Pacific Fleet and executed by US 3rd Fleet.
The exercise will test generating warfighting advantages by integrating multi-domain manned and unmanned capabilities into the most challenging operational scenarios.
UxS IBP21 will feature operational, unmanned systems such as the MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned aerial vehicle, and the medium displacement unmanned surface vessels (MUSV) Sea Hunter and Sea Hawk, and small and medium unmanned undersea vehicles with modular payloads.
“Building off advances achieved over the past decade in unmanned aviation, Pacific Fleet is answering the Chief of Naval Operations’ drive to put the Navy’s Unmanned Campaign Plan into action,” says Rear Adm. Robert M. Gaucher, director of maritime headquarters at U.S. Pacific Fleet. “Furthermore, by exercising our full range of unmanned capabilities in a Pacific warfighting scenario, UxS IBP21 directly supports US Indo-Pacific Command’s warfighting imperative of driving lethality through experimentation.”
Unmanned systems alongside the traditional, manned naval force are expected to give the US Navy the advantage needed to fight, win and deter potential aggressors. This exercise will directly inform warfighters, warfare centers and developers to further incorporate unmanned capabilities in day-to-day fleet operations and battle plans.
“The overall goal is to integrate our unmanned capabilities across all domains to demonstrate how they solve CNO and Fleet Commander Key Operational Problems,” says Gaucher. “To get after these problems, UxS IBP21 will include maneuvering in contested space across all domains; targeting and fires; and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance.”