Thursday, August 17, 2006

Protector USV Hits US Shores

Defense mega-corporations are showing off the Unmanned Surface Vehicle, USV, "Protector" to US military and security services in hopes of drumming up new orders.

BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Rafael Armament Development Authority, Ltd., announced that they will be demonstrating the unit in the US this year.

According to Steve Kelly, director of BAE Systems Naval Systems in Minneapolis, "The Protector has performed exceptionally well in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean. This system is ready and available today to meet the needs of our maritime security and defense forces."

The Protector is armed with with a Raphael stabilized mini-Typhoon weapon system and a variety of stabilized cameras, radar and navigation gear. It is described as 'highly autonomous' and can be controlled remotely from land-based or marine stations.

It can operate day or night in rough seas running up to 43 miles per hour.

Videos here.

BAE SYSTEMS North America: News and Information: News Releases

Related: Protector Naval Combat

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Anonymous carlo115 said...

I think that the Protector USV will become the next arsenal in the US armed forces. It will be a big help in lessening human casualties. These high-tech Intelligent-weapons are the next big thing in military strategies.

8:31 PM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The protector looks cool, but it remains a "remote controlled" boat. The Navy currently has a number of semi-full autonomous advanced vehicles in testing right now which will blow this thing away.

3:31 AM, March 22, 2007  

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