Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 18 November that it had signed two agreements with Emirati defence conglomerate Edge at the Dubai Airshow covering unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) system maintenance.
The first agreement covers the development of a new USV between IAI and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with ADSB to be responsible for platform design, control system and payload integration, and concept of operations development. IAI will develop the autonomous control system and integrate payloads to the control system units according to mission requirements.
IAI currently makes the Katana USV, which can carry a payload of 2,200 kg and has a mission endurance of 350 n miles. The vessel can reach a top speed of 60 kt and has a cruising speed of 30 kt. The platform’s command-and-control station can be mobile and is operated by two operators and a mission commander. The vessel also utilises POP300D-HD high definition, which has also been mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).