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UMEX 2024: Chinese firm Hisibi unveils HT850UA unmanned vessel.

| Naval News Navy 2024

At the recent Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2024, the HT850UA Unmanned Vessel was introduced by the Chinese firm Hisibi, marking a new addition to the sector of unmanned maritime technology.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001A model of the HT850UA unmanned vessel. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The HT850UA is an unmanned vessel designed primarily for military use, particularly for covert operations known as "Lurk" missions. This vessel is distinguished by its dual-mode capability, allowing it to operate either as a floating entity or in a semi-submerged state. The incorporation of dynamic positioning technology facilitates precise navigation and stability.

A significant aspect of the HT850UA's design is its emphasis on stealth, aimed at minimizing its detectability during operations. This feature is particularly crucial for missions requiring a high degree of discretion.

The vessel is equipped with a missile system capable of launching vertical cruise missiles, adding an offensive capability to its operational profile. It also supports a mooring type Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a maximum flight altitude of 200 meters, enhancing its reconnaissance and surveillance potential.

In terms of specifications, the HT850UA measures 9.00 meters in length, with a beam of 2.25 meters. It has a normal draught of 0.67 meters, which extends to 1.10 meters in a semi-submerged state. The normal displacement of the vessel is 6.5 tons, increasing to 12.6 tons when semi-submerged.

Powered by a diesel engine with a total output of 500HP (2x250HP), the HT850UA can reach speeds of up to 35 knots. It has a fuel capacity of 1200 liters, providing a range of 400 nautical miles, which indicates its operational endurance.

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