Elbit Systems Awarded Contract to Supply Seagull USVs to APAC Nation Navy

Defence Industry

By ARIE EGOZI

Haifa. Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract to supply Seagull Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) to the Navy of a country in Asia-Pacific. The contract, which is of an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, will be performed over a 17-month period.

Under the contract, Elbit Systems will provide Seagull USV systems that are specifically configured to perform Mine Counter Measures (MCM) missions while facilitating the option to add technology modules needed for Anti-Submarine Warfare. The Seagull USVs to be supplied will integrate Side-Scan and Forward-Looking sonars, Mine Identification and Destruction Remotely Operated Vehicles.

The USVs also will be equipped with the company’s autonomous suite, Combat Management System and Satellite Communication capability. The Seagull USVs will enable the customer’s Navy to execute end-to-end MCM operations, handling bottom, moored and drifting sea mines. The Seagull USV offers endurance of four days, sea-keeping missions of up to Sea-State 5 and the flexibility to control several vessels from the same Mission Control System.

Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR, on the development commented: “There is a growing recognition of the essentiality of autonomous capabilities to perform a range of maritime missions, especially Mine Counter Measures and Anti-Submarine Warfare. The Seagull USV has proven, since 2017, its capability to perform such missions, providing Naval forces with increased mission effectiveness, reduced risk and better cost-efficiency.”

-The writer is an Israel-based freelance journalist

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