BEWARE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL: The first unmanned anti-submarine vessel debuts
On Monday, Elbit Systems of Haifa, Israel, showed media a prototype of what it described as the world’s first ever unmanned, autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform, called Seagull.
Ofer Ben-Dov, vice president of the firm’s Naval Systems Business Line, said that “we are witnessing the proliferation of submarines, both conventional and nuclear, and sea mines. The cost and risk of dealing with these threats is high,” he said.
“Until now dealing with submarines was carried out by heavy craft such as missile boats and fighter aircraft and helicopters at operative costs of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Elbit systems executive vice president Elad Aharonson told media. “The USV lowers costs for these missions by many tens of times. It can seek out enemy submarines, pursue them over large distances and turn them into prey.”
The Seagull was developed independently by Elbit, with guidance from Israeli defense officials, in a self-funded effort. The 40-foot autonomous launch can be fitted with mission modules for ASW, mine countermeasures, and force
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