Elbit Systems has won a contract from a client navy in the Asia-Pacific region for the supply of an unspecified number of SEAGULL USVs, the company announced on 13 January. Delivery will be made over a 17-month period.

The company is to supply SEAGULLs configured specifically for the mine countermeasures (MCM) role, while retaining an option to add modules required for anti-submarine warfare. The USVs will integrate side-scan and forward-looking sonars, mine identification and destruction remotely operated vehicles and will also be equipped with the Elbit Systems’ autonomous suite, combat management system and satellite communication capability suite. The SEAGULLs will enable the customer’s navy to execute end-to-end MCM operations, handling bottom, moored and drifting sea mines. The USV offers endurance of four days, sea-keeping missions in up to Sea State 5 and the flexibility to control several vessels from the same mission control system.

There is a growing recognition of the [essential nature] 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,” commented General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR, Elad Aharanson.

 SEAGULL undergoing trials in the North Sea at the hands of the Belgian Maritime Component. (Photo: Elbit Systems)

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