Workshop set on unmanned maritime systems

Jan. 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

BRUSSELS, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The European Defense Agency said seven member countries are working up rules and regulations for unmanned maritime systems.

There are no national or international rules governing at-sea operations of UMS, it said, and a "common understanding" of safety procedures and rules and regulations "would enhance interoperability in future joint maritime operations and training."

Looking at the issues involved since last summer are Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden. The project is called "Safety and Regulations for European Unmanned Maritime Systems."

The European Defense Agency is part of the European Union and was established to enhance the military capability of members and promote Europe's defense industries. The project is having a workshop on the safe design and use of unmanned maritime systems April 18-19 in Brussels.

"The event aims at highlighting possibilities and risks, as well as technologies and solutions available to meet challenges and requirements from the foreseen increase in the future use of UMS in military and civilian applications," EDA said.

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