Elbit Systems Demonstrates USV Capabilities in UK MOD ASW Trials

Elbit Systems UK completed a series of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) trials with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the company announced.

The trials were delivered via Dstl’s (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) Progeny Framework, exploring how autonomous systems could support future ASW operations.

Elbit Systems UK was one of a shortlist of UK companies selected to take part in this second phase of the project – a series of live at sea trials that took place off the UK coast with the Ministry of Defence in late October 2019.

Elbit Systems UK used its Seagull USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) for these trials, with the USA’s L3 Harris providing the sonar. Seagull, Elbit System’s multi-mission, multi-sensor USV demonstrated her autonomous ASW utility to the UK MoD, across the entire trial period, utilizing her ‘ASW Toolbox’ solution throughout to show how the abilities of this system to offer a force multiplier for ASW operations.

Elbit Systems Seagull USV with TRAPS-USV Sonar
An Elbit Systems Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) integrated with Geospectrum TRAPS-USV Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar. Elbit Systems Photo.

Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK, said: “Elbit Systems has world-leading technology to offer to the maritime and littoral environment. The Seagull USV has once again, demonstrated its superior capabilities underlining Elbit Systems UK’s competitive position to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to the UK Armed Forces. We are proud of our ongoing work with the Royal Navy as we work together to maintain its operational advantage.”

Elbit Systems has not identified the L3Harris’ sonar used in the trials in its statement, but the Israeli Navy has already deployed the SeagullUSV with an L3Harris Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar.

The Seagull autonomous multi-mission USV features a plug and play, modular mission payload suites and can perform, in addition to ASW, Mine Countermeasure missions (MCM), Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), underwater surveys and other missions using the same vessel, mission control system and data links.

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