Indra conducted a first public sea trial demonstrating the capabilities of its new prototype unmanned surface vessel (USV) off northwest Spain on 17 September.
Although built as part of the Galicia regional government-backed Civil UAV Initiative, the vessel is targeted to perform a variety of key naval tasks, including search and rescue and maritime surveillance.
The USV has an overall length of 7.3 m and a 2.6 m beam, is powered by a waterjet, and has a top speed of 35 kt.
According to the company, the follow-up phase will include the design and manufacture of surveillance payloads, a small series of vessels made with different high-quality materials, and the development of communication, propulsion, naval electronics, and automation systems.
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