Sea Platforms

ZSQUARED Engineering develops new unmanned surface vehicle as demand for USVs grows

28 August 2019

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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