Elbit, carries out successful test of a torpedo missile from unmanned sea vessel called the Seagull; ‘Success proves capability of the system’s different modules which can use sonar as an alternative to fight advanced submarines.’
Elbit announced the successful test of a torpedo launch from an unmanned sea vessel called the Seagull on Tuesday.
The test was carried out in the Haifa area, and its primary goal was to determine if it’s possible to arm and launch a relatively large precision missile from an unmanned ship. The next phases in the development of the system are expected to include launching the torpedo at a target to destroy it.
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The IDF still has not acquired the system, but it plans to do so from Elbit or another security company in the next year. The system serves many functions in the sea including neutralizing mines, attacking submarines and enemy infrastructure, and wide-ranging defense of sensitive areas.
Elbit’s deputy executive director of its intelligence division, Ofer Ben David said, “The success of the test proves the capability of the system’s different modules, which can use sonar as an alternative to fight advanced submarines. This unique and important ability was available to navies until now only through manned vessels.”
The test was carried out from an operation station on the beach. The Seagull, which is 12 meters long, was first unveiled by Elbit at the beginning of the year. According to Elbit, the Seagull can be controlled from afar and can sail for several days without re-fueling.
In contrast to the air force, wherein drones left a major footprint in the past year, the world of unmanned vessels in the sea and dry land still have not made a similar footprint.
A high ranking officer in the navy said, “We are in the process of developing and acquiring unmanned sea vessels that will be used in the upcoming two years.”
A ‘Seagull’ against submarines: A look into the future of naval defense
Ahiya Raved|Published: 08.02.16
An unmanned watercraft code-named the “Seagull” was unveiled by Elbit Systems on Monday afternoon in a demonstration that took place in the gulf of Haifa.
According to Elbit, the innovative watercraft operates autonomously and can perform a number of security related tasks, including submarine detection and underwater explosive ordinance detection and removal. Additionally, the “Seagull” can be used for patrols, electronic warfare, and underwater topographical surveys.
Multi-purpose unmanned watercraft designed to search and destroy submarines and underwater mines
The vessel is 40 feet long and has the ability to operate continuously for 96 hours, and can carry out missions in a safer and more effective manner than can be done with other manned vessels.
A spokesperson for Elbit stated, “it is able to perform its tasks due to a variety of advanced above water and underwater sensors, thereby giving it the high levels of effectiveness and efficiency it needs to complete its missions.”
Amongst other systems, the “Seagull” has an automated navigation system which enables it to navigate the seas autonomously and in compliance of international maritime law, radar, on board weapons systems, day and night vision, underwater robotic capabilities, and more.
“The ‘Seagull’ can operate and accomplish a variety of missions, can be launched from a port or a landing craft, and can take the place of, or complement, manned vessels.”
In countering the threat posed by underwater mines, the vessel is able locate and destroy them autonomously, without the physical involvement of a live sailor, thereby negating the risk of bodily harm or death.
“The system allows for the planning of missions in familiar and unfamiliar territory, and enables scanning, locating, and neutralizing underwater mines. It is also equipped with auxiliary accessories which enable it to detect additional underwater threats as needed.”
Elad Ahronson, the head of the Elbit intelligence branch of which the “Seagull” division is a part, added, “As the world leaders in unmanned technology, we at Elbit are proud to unveil new our new and innovative solution to sea borne threats. As we did in the field of unmanned aerial technology, we are pleased to offer a systematic solution to threats which have until now been dealt with by expensive, manned ships.”