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Interesting and good to see. The Battle Lab concept that NZDF now use appears to be working quite well because that's how they gained the data for deciding the Steyr replacement and how they assessed the M3M 12.7mm MG. Never heard what happened with that either, but reckoned that they should be using them in NZDF helos instead of the MAG58. Means that you can touch the enemy further away.An informative update on the Martac Mantas T12 has been provided by Tim Fish writing for ADM. Looks like an initial 3 month lease has been extended to 24 months and with an option to purchase for "experimental purposes" and not as an in-service capability at the moment, however:
Seems some the experiments were conducted for hydrographic and bathymetric (seabed topography) purposes and as the manufacturer (Martac) states it also offers a very useful MCM detection capability.
@NG: This is more your area of expertise, be great to hear your thoughts on such applications for the RNZN looking ahead?
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s littoral warfare unit, HMNZS Matataua, has completed trials with an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV).www.australiandefence.com.au
Our Minister was in Ukraine yesterday meeting the Ukrainian DEFMIN so maybe we should ask them for a licence to build their USVs that they having been using against the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
The applications for the use of USV in the NZDF are many and varied from the likes of MCM as the one being assessed above is used for, to oceanographic research, kamikaze attack (like by the Ukrainians) port security, ISR etc. There could even be a SAR application as well when it's to dangerous for a crewed boat to put to sea.
The real thing that I think what NZDF and the NZG have forgotten, is that we have the industry and capabilities to design and build such vessels here. Or maybe they (govt - political & bureaucratic)) just deliberately ignore it. Think of the boat building industry in Auckland and Northland alone where some of the world's best boat builders in both traditional and composite materials are based. Then there are the electronics and power unit people in Auckland Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and elsewhere within the country. We have the people, knowledge, facilities, hence the capability to design and produce our own.