Looking to take advantage of the growing international naval interest in unmanned surface and underwater vehicles, ZSQUARED Engineering, based in Jackson, Michigan, is developing a prototype of NEREUSV, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that will measure 4.2 m, have a payload of 136 kg, a maximum speed of 44 kt, and a maximum distance of 600 n miles.
NEREUSV will possess an array of sensors, including bathymetric, radio frequency (RF) signal emissions, electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors, as well vehicle state information, Stephen Ziegenfuss, president of ZSQUARED Engineering, told Jane’s .
The USV will have a simplified launch-and-recovery system and can be used for operational environment assessment, as well as harbour and structure defense.
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