Aquabotix has launched three new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) for defence and commercial applications including covert operations and protection of ships in port.
SwarmDiver Stealth is designed to covertly collect intelligence and transfer data in littoral environments where the waters are continuously monitored by acoustic sensors, electromagnetic spectrum monitoring, and visual detection.
The Stealth model features an exterior coating over a specialty graphic camouflage paint, a low-noise motor, and no visible status lights to enable the USV to reduce the risk of detection, Aquabotix said.
Beyond collecting intelligence, the Stealth can be used to securely transfer data between two points without the risk of interception posed by wireless transfer methods.
The SwarmDiver Nightline was created specifically for special forces. Although it shares the same main features as the Stealth including the camouflaged exterior and low-noise motors, the Nightline also has an ultraviolet (UV) coating to make night-time vehicle recovery easier. The UV coating is invisible to visual observation but can be detected at night or in low-light environments when illuminated by a UV light source of the right wavelength.
The SwarmDiver Edge is equipped with high-intensity lights to create a visual boundary and act as a first-line deterrent along a shore line, around a vessel or docking area, or near any other item of interest. Aquabotix created the Edge line of vehicles to respond to threats of piracy and other disruptions to commercial and governmental activities.
The three USVs share comparable features and physical dimensions. These include autonomous or manual deployment from any platform, 1.7 kg weight, 0.75 m length, endurance of up to 2.5 hours or 7 km, a speed of up to 2.2 m/s, vertical dive capability of 50 m, wireless data feedback upon surfacing, multiconstellation GPS, location accuracy of +/- 2.5 m, and sustained surf zone operation.
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