Maritime Drones & Naval UAV
Maritime drones and naval UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) have been specially designed to operate at sea and over the ocean. They are engineered to withstand extremes of weather, including heavy rain and winds, and must be resistant to salt spray in addition to regular moisture ingress.
Unmanned helicopters are a popular Maritime UAS (MUAS) platform, as their VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) operation allows them to be easily deployed from a small footprint on the deck of a ship. Fixed-wing maritime UAV can also be launched via catapult launcher, or a runway on larger vessels, and can also launch from land.