IDEX 2019

Autonomous futures on show [IDEX19D5]

21 February 2019

Al Marakeb Boats (Stand B-038), the UAE-based manufacturer of high-performance GRP and marine autonomous vessels, has been conducting live autonomous demonstrations of an unmanned surface vessel (USV) from a command and control station located on its stand at NAVDEX.

The 13m AHM13 USV has been operating from Ghantoot Naval Base, more than 70km from the NAVDEX show site. The system is being run by Al Marakeb’s patented MAP Pro technology, which comprises a series of software and component ‘building blocks’ designed to enable the conversion of existing vessels for remote and autonomous missions.

Constructed by Al Hareb Marine, system integration performed by Al Marakeb, the AHM13 USV fitted with a MAP Pro device allows for communication between the vessels systems and the C2-20 command and control station inside the NAVDEX hall. For the purposes of the live demonstration, the system is displaying engine diagnostics, route management and a live camera feed, as well as a radar display and obstacle warning alarm.

The AHM13 USV is armed with an IGG Aselsan STAMP remote weapon station, the operation of which is also enabled by the MAP Pro system.

Al Marakeb is also showing the new 11m AHM11 USV, which is being displayed with IGG Aselsan’s MILAS missile launcher system.

On Tuesday it was announced that the Defense and Security Development Fund of Tawazun Economic Council would invest in Al Marakeb Boats in return for a 30 per cent stake. Tawazun’s investment will boost the company’s growth plans by allowing it to increase production capacity and expand its presence in the region.

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