Defence, 2016

Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST)



Ministry of defence


Autonomous ships and associated technology,

An unmanned surface vessel is operating as a testbed to host a range of new technologies which allows the Ministry of Defence to test and evolve tactics for employing maritime autonomous systems

What was tested

AV shipping technologies for military application

Testbed purpose

Connected to the overarching ambition of the Royal Navy to lead and win military operations through technological innovation.


The testbed is an unmanned vessel in public ownership.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies

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