Elbit Systems announced that its Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) was deployed by NATO forces in a recent joint Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise.
The ASW force included the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria class frigate Victoria, Royal Navy’s Type 45 HMS Duncan as well as the Seagull USV.
In a release the company said:
“Having a far greater endurance than ASW helicopters often used in similar missions, the Seagull USV performed anti-submarine area sanitization as well as the ASW forward picket force, providing longer time on station, yielding persistent detection and contact maintenance capabilities.”
In addition to its ASW capabilities, the Seagull features a plug and play, modular mission payload suite and can perform Mine Counter Measures (MCM) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, a mission control system and data links.
Last year, an Elbit Systems Seagull unmanned vessel and helicopter carrier HMS Ocean participated in an exercise between the Royal Navy and the Israeli Navy.
During the exercise the USV performed a Mine Counter Measure (MCM) mission, scanning and charting a secure path for HMS Ocean. Once encountering Mine-Like-Objects, the Seagull alerted HMS Ocean to avoid them, thus securing its ‘safe route’ say Elbit.
The Seagull performed the mission while being remotely operated from a Mission Control Station onshore. Additionally, the Seagull took part in a tactical manoeuvring exercise and sailed in formation with Israeli Navy vessels HMS Ocean.