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Seagull USV Demo Unique Operational Capabilities in Belgian North Sea MCMTrials

  • Seagull carried out an autonomous end-to-end unmanned Mine Counter Measure (MCM) mission in sea states 5 and 6, demonstrating leadingreal-time mine hunting capabilities

Seagull, Elbit Systems’ groundbreaking Multi-Mission USV,participated in the bi-national MCM trials for unmanned maritime systems that were organized by the Directorate General of Material Resources (DGMR) of the Belgian Defence Ministry.Taking part in the trials conductedat the beginning of June off the Belgian Zeebrugge Naval Base,were several companies operating different types of unmanned underwater and surface vehicles.

Seagull isa 12-meter long USV that can be operated from a mother-shipor from shore stations. Itprovides multi-mission capabilities including Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Hunting & Mine Sweeping (MCM), Electronic Warfare (EW), maritime security and underwater commercial missions, leveraging modular mission system installation and offering a high level of autonomy. It features inherent C4I capabilities for enhanced situation awareness and mission endurance of more than four days.

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In the bi-national Belgium& DutchMCM Trials, a single Seagull unit demonstrated MCM mission execution scanningthe whole water column in one path, operatingboth the K5900 Side Scan Sonar (SSS) and the R2Sonic Forward Looking Sonar (FLS) for Search, Detection and Classification. On the second day the same Seagull platform,operating a VideoRayROV,a light Remotely Operated Vehicle, conducted the Identification and DemolitionPhase of the Mine Hunting Mission.

Elbit Systems displayed Seagull’s quickmission ready capabilities in an unfamiliar setup, installing a mobile Command and Control unit onboard aBelgian Pollux Patrol Boat and completing all tasksin just a few hours.

The Seagull team included three operators, with two operators remotely managingthe mission and the third monitoringthe autonomous cruise. Operating on Elbit Systems proprietary software that includes modules for change detection and automatic target detection, Seagull performed real-time detections, mapping and classification of Mine LikeObjects (MLOs). Seagull’s strong operational capabilities were on full display when it cruised at a speed of 10 knots in sea states 5 and6, scanning three different areas,three timesthe size that was scanned byAutonomous Underwater Vessels)AUVs(,emphasizing the Seagull’s clear advantage of processing imagery and generating actionable data in realtime and issuing an on the spot report to the Belgian Navy. At therequest ofthe Belgian Navy, the Seagull demonstration was also conducted based on Line-of-Sight (LOS) communication, despite Seagull’scapability to operate using Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communication as was demonstrated by Elbit Systems in both the recent IMDEX 2017 Show and previously during the Euro Naval Show in October 2016.

Yaron Levy, VP of Naval Systemsin Elbit Systems ISTAR Division,commented: “The bi-national trials that were conducted by the Belgian Navy clearly demonstrated the unmatched operational capabilities of the Seagull. We see a growing interest in the novel capabilities that the Seagull provides for executing top quality and cost effective MCM, ASW and commercial underwater missions”.

Source : Elbit Systems Ltd.

Published on ASDNews: Jun 30, 2017


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