Officials from Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) have revealed technical specifications of a concept for a new 20-tonne armed unmanned surface vessel (USV) it is showcasing at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition in South Africa on 19–23 September.
Called the ‘JARI USV Multipurpose Unmanned Combat Boat’, the 15 m-long platform, which is being developed by the 716 Research Institute of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), is expected to have a top speed of 42 kt and a range of 500 n miles.
According to the officials, the vessel, a prototype of which is currently undergoing testing, is equipped with a phased-array radar, satellite communication systems, and a mid-hull-mounted variable depth sonar, although the USV must stop to be able to use it.
According to the officials, the vessel can be armed with a 30 mm cannon combined with small surface-to-air missiles, mid-hull-mounted vertically-launched anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles as well as two side-mounted lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes.
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