Portugal has been emerging as a huge tech giant in the Western part of the European subcontinent and has the potential of becoming a Silicon Valley for the whole continent of Europe.

Portugal’s tech rise has inspired its other sectors to integrate this tech with their industry and make them better. Now, this tech has been integrated with the defense systems of the Portuguese military. The Portuguese Navy revealed the existence of the Unmanned Vehicle Experimentation Cell, dubbed Q-branch, during the 'Recognized Environmental Picture Maritime Unmanned Systems' ('REPMUS') exercise being held on Portugal's Troia Peninsula on 11-27 September. The team was set up in 2017 and while not secret had not been advertised prior to 'REPMUS'. All of the personnel involved have a passion for engineering and technology. The unit directly reports to the prestigious name of Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Gouveia e Melo and is tasked exclusively by himself. Vice Adm Melo said the main motivation for the team is "to fight asymmetric threats with asymmetric thinking". Citing Martec's law that technology changes exponentially while organizations transform logarithmically, Lt Mendes explained that procurement of new and emerging technologies was routinely too slow to procure cutting edge kit or exploit new uses of existing technology. This left navies in the position of every sailor having a phone in his or her pocket with more processing power than the ship on which he or she was embarked. Smaller, more agile teams unburdened by organizational inertia (for example terrorists) could exploit advances in technology faster and in less stereotyped ways. Exploring the asymmetric potential of the technology enables the unit to predict what an irregular adversary could do and thus pre-emptively develop countermeasures.