IDEX 2015

USV from the UAE [IDX15D2]

24 February 2015

UAE boat-builder Al Marakeb (UM-40) has given a first public outing to its recently launched B-7 unmanned surface vessel (USV) at UMEX 2015, claimed to be the world’s only pilotless craft with fully capable commercial as well as military applications. B-7 undertook successful open-water demonstrations at Al Hamra Marina, Ras Al Khaimah, in January this year. These sea trials marked the culmination of the B-7’s evaluation programme.

Al Marakeb is the first boatyard in the region to set up a production line for USVs, confident that the B-7 is ideally positioned to capture a significant slice of the emerging unmanned surface craft market.

“We believe that with the successful launch of the B-7, Al Marakeb is now at the vanguard of a new technology that is heralding a new era in nautical activity, not only for the region, but for the world,” said Nour Al Sayyed, director of Al Marakeb.

“We have demonstrated with our successful sea trials that a UAE company can be the lead for an exciting new industry that is set to grow exponentially over the coming years,” he added.

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