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WDS 2024: China's firm For Win displays its Unmanned Surface Vessels.

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During the World Defense Show (WDS) 2024, the Chinese company For Win presented its Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), named USV11 and USV17.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A model of the Unmanned Surface Vessel on the For Win booth. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

These vessels are equipped with technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous navigation, and high-speed communication, enabling them to navigate autonomously or semi-autonomously across various maritime scenarios.

The USV11 and USV17 are designed for a wide range of applications including maritime counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, patrol, search and rescue, security and navigation supervision, anti-smuggling efforts, and naval warfare. They also have capabilities for escorting or protecting larger ships, transporting special forces or marines, and providing coastal fire support.

Both vessels are capable of autonomous operations, equipped with algorithms for obstacle avoidance and route planning in dense marine environments. They feature systems for integrated tactical missions, allowing for autonomous control and adaptive formation arrangements to improve mission efficiency.

The USV11 is specially designed for operations with a mother ship, enabling quick and safe launching and recovery. Maintenance is facilitated through modular components, and the vessels are constructed using lightweight composite materials to enhance performance.

The technical specifications for the USV11 include a length of 10.6 meters, width of 3 meters, height of 1.5 meters, with a maximum speed of over 48 knots, a cruising speed of 30 knots, and an endurance of 200 nautical miles. It is designed to accommodate a crew of six for manned operations.

The USV17 is longer, measuring 17.7 meters in length, with a width of 4.2 meters, height of 1.4 meters, capable of reaching speeds over 50 knots, a cruising speed of 30 knots, and an endurance of 300 nautical miles, suitable for a crew of ten.

Constructed from glass fiber composite material, the USVs are designed to operate weapons in up to level 4 sea conditions and navigate safely in level 5 sea conditions. They include surface propellers and outboard motors for propulsion, navigation radar, AIS, electronic compass, and communication devices including VHF wireless telephones, LTE private broadband, WiFi, and optional satellite communications.

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