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Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

ANTX programs are intended to provide technologists an understanding of the operational challenges faced by the warfighter and, the warfighter with an understanding of developing and transitional technologies that might meet their needs.

What Is ANTX

ANTX is a distributed resource maintained for technical demonstration and field experimentation by the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE), conducted to assist the naval and joint force warfighter in maintaining a competitive technical advantage.

"With the rapidly changing threat environment, our National Defense Strategy and other guiding strategic documentation identify a need to adapt quickly and rapidly to take advantage of technological innovations."

"To do this, technologists need a better understanding of the operational challenges and context, and warfighters need a better understanding of what technological innovations can do for them. To gain this interaction, innovative organizations across industry, academia and government need forums to allow for technical and operational exchanges."

"ANTXs allow for this type of interaction without much of the bureaucratic restrictions that typically limit interaction, speed to fleet, or stifle good collaboration."

Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) Guidebook

DASN RDT&E and OPNAV N94, February 2021


The ultimate goal of the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) is the timely delivery of relevant and suitable capabilities to the Fleet. ANTX is intended to support this goal by establishing a venue to accelerate knowledge associated with technological enablers and force multipliers of needed capabilities. Accordingly, the program culminates with an opportunity for the Navy to smartly progress, invest, or divest from the capabilities demonstrated.

ANTX Stakeholders

ANTX programs are conducted in various locations as a series of focused events led by the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE). While each program has a unique focus, the benefits to stakeholders are universal and expand the advantage against a constantly evolving threat environment.




Hands-on or over-the-shoulder exposure to developing technical solutions, a voice in the value and suitability of new technologies, and an opportunity to evaluate new tactics and concepts of operations enabled by emerging technology.

Warfare Centers


Warfare Centers

An opportunity to collaborate and inform technical development, gain insight into warfighter needs, and obtain access to industry and academic partner research.

Resource Sponsors


Resource Sponsors

An opportunity to evaluate novel concepts and technologies, allowing for a preliminary “test drive” of potential solutions and informing technical investment.




A low-risk, consequence-free learning environment allows for direct feedback, providing the private sector with a unique opportunity to align development efforts with communicated DoD needs.

Value Of ANTX

ANTX programs and events allow for collaboration between industry, academia, and government research and development organizations and provide an environment for warfighters to assess the potential utility of technical innovations before decisions are required on investment priorities. The result is:

Acceleration of information exchange between technology providers and operational users

Reduction of risk in preparation for larger fleet exercises

Material and technology transitions

Inform future research and development actvities

Refined understanding of employment and use

Knowledge of barriers to implementation of technology

A Network Of Opportunity

ANTX programs are conducted in various locations with specific focus areas. Some of the previous ANTX programs include:

Coastal Trident


Aviation ATE


Oceans In Action