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UMEX 2024: Israeli firm Elbits Systems displays Seagull USV in UAE despite heightened tensions in Middle East.

| Naval News Navy 2024

The Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel, developed by the Israeli firm Elbit Systems, was showcased at the UMEX 2024 event held in the United Arab Emirates. It is the only Israeli company present at this year's event. Nevertheless, its presence is notable in the context of the Israeli war in the Gaza Strip, condemned by Arab countries.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A model of the Seagull USV. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The Seagull USV is a multi-mission platform, equipped with a modular mission payload suite. It is designed to support a variety of missions including Anti-Submarine Warfare, Mine Countermeasure missions, Electronic Warfare, and Maritime Security, among others. This versatility is made possible by using the same vessel, mission control system, and data links for different operations.

Significantly, the Seagull USV has received upgrades to enhance its autonomy and operational safety in maritime environments. These upgrades include a 360-degree panoramic video system with automatic target recognition and a patented automatic navigation system.

These features enable the Seagull to navigate safely and autonomously, even in dense harbors or heavy sea traffic, and are in compliance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs). The vessel can also complete missions autonomously without communication with the control station.

The Seagull USV is 12 meters long and can remain sea-borne for more than 96 hours, showcasing its endurance capabilities. It's equipped with C4I capabilities for augmented situational awareness and can be operated from manned ships or from the shore.

The USV can manage multiple functions such as area survey, search, detection, classification, identification, neutralization, and verification, making it a comprehensive solution for maritime operations​​​​​​.

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