Elbit Systems has announced that its Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) has participated in a recent joint exercise between the Israeli Navy and the British Royal Navy (RN) in Haifa Bay.
During the exercise the USV performed a Mine Counter Measure (MCM) mission, scanning and charting a secure path for HMS Ocean, the RN helicopter carrier. Upon encountering Mine-Like-Objects, the Seagull alerted HMS Ocean to avoid them, thus securing its safe route. The Seagull performed the mission while being remotely operated from a Mission Control Station onshore. Additionally, the Seagull took part in a tactical maneuvering exercise and sailed in formation with the Navy vessels and British RN’s carrier.
In addition to MCM capabilities, the Seagull features switchable, modular mission payload suites and can perform Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, mission control system and data links. Seagull offers navies a force multiplier delivering enhanced performance to naval operations, reducing risk to human life and cutting procurement and operating costs.