Transforming today's Royal Navy for tomorrow's operations: Insights from Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE

Transforming today's Royal Navy for tomorrow's operations: Insights from Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE

Through initiatives such as NavyX, Project Nelson and the Information Warrior exercise, the Royal Navy is pushing the integration of innovation in its fleet, in order to prepare for the future operating environment.

Ahead of Surface Warships 2020, Defence IQ gained exclusive insight from one of the conference’s key speakers, Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE, Commander UK Maritime Strike Force & Rear Admiral Surface Ships, Royal Navy. In this interview, he discusses the top technological areas the Royal Navy is focusing on, the integration of these technologies onto the Type 26 and Type 31 platforms, the main objectives of the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the definition of disruptive innovation in the future naval operating environment.

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By downloading the interview, you will:

  • Gain insider insight into the integration of innovation in the Royal Navy’s surface fleet 
  • Learn more about the objectives of the Royal Navy’s National Shipbuilding Strategy
  • Have a better understanding of the Royal Navy’s vision for its future surface warships fleet

In this interview, Rear Admiral Burns answers the following questions:

  • There is currently a strong push for innovation within the Royal Navy, highlighted by NavyX, Programme Nelson and the Information Warrior exercise conducted since 2016. Could you tell us more about the top technological trends that are currently shaping naval requirements?
  • For each of these trends, could you tell us their main advantages, challenges and implications if integrated in existing fleets?
  • With the recent decision on the Type31e frigate, the RN is undergoing a transformation. What are the main objectives of the vigorous national shipbuilding strategy? How will it change the makeup of the fleet and future operations? 
  • Could you explain your view of a surface warships fleet in the future? What does that mean for ship design, autonomous systems integration, telecommunications systems, sensors etc.?
  • Lastly, how would you define disruptive innovation in the future naval operating environment?

Rear Admiral Burns will give a presentation on transforming the Navy for operations in the digital era. To view who will join him, you can download the full conference agenda here.



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