CBRNE & EOD Defence

Elbit demonstrates Seagull in end-to-end MCM application

05 July 2017
Seagull is a 12 m USV developed by Elbit Systems. Source: Elbit

Key Points

  • Elbit's Seagull USV was configured with an R2Sonic forward looking sonar, a Klein K5900 side scan sonar and a VideoRay ROV for the trial
  • Seagull operated at a cruise speed of 10 kt and in Sea State 5-6 conditions

Israeli systems house Elbit Systems has performed an end-to-end mine countermeasures (MCM) demonstration using its Seagull unmanned surface vessel (USV) systems as part of the Belgian Navy's recent North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials.

Seagull is a 12 m USV developed by Elbit for operation from either a mother ship or shore station. Designed for a mission endurance in excess of 96 hours, it marries a highly autonomous core command and control (C2)/situational awareness suite with modular payload packages tailored to specific missions including MCM, anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare, and maritime security.

A single Seagull USV was deployed for the North Sea trial in early June configured with an R2Sonic forward looking sonar and a Klein K5900 side scan sonar to enable search, detection, and classification through the whole water column. Subsequently, the same Seagull platform, operating a VideoRay remotely operated vehicle, conducted the identification and neutralisation phase of the MCM mission.

A mobile Seagull C2 unit was installed on board the Belgian coastal patrol vessel Pollux. According to Elbit, the Seagull team included three operators, with two operators remotely managing the mission and the third monitoring the autonomous cruise. Operating under Elbit's proprietary software (embedding functional modules for change detection and automatic target detection) Seagull performed real-time detection, mapping, and classification of mine-like objects.

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