Elbit Systems Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) participated in a joint Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise of the Israeli and the French navies held recently in the Mediterranean.
Under the Israeli Navy command, an ASW force that included two Israeli ASW vessels and a Marine Nationale (French Navy) frigate and an ASW helicopter and the Seagull, performed ASW missions against an Israeli Navy submarine.
The joint force has simultaneously operated manned and unmanned surface and airborne vessels, practicing advanced means and tactics for submarine detection and deterrence.
In addition to ASW capabilities, the Seagull features switchable, modular mission payload suites and can perform Mines Counter Measures (MCM) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, mission control system and data links.
Seagull offers navies a true force multiplier delivering enhanced performance to naval operations, reducing risk to human life and dramatically cutting procurement and operating costs.
Elbit Systems Seagull USV
Seagull is a multi-role unmanned surface vessel (USV) manufactured by Elbit Systems.
The USV is powered by two diesel engines and has a maximum speed of 60km/h. It can continuously operate at sea for more than four days.
The Seagull USV is armed with a remote control weapon system (RWS) mounted with a 12.7mm machine gun. The USV also incorporates torpedo launching system and non-lethal weapon system.
The Seagull systems have superior mine counter measures (MCM) capability. This USV facilitates end-to-end mine hunting operations, including detection, classification, location, identification and neutralization of bottom, moored and drifting sea mines while taking the sailor out of the mine field.
The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability provides the navy with a significant tactical advantage by effectively deterring and threatening enemy submarines using an available asset with significantly lower risk.
Featuring switchable, modular mission payload suites, Seagull can perform ASW and MCM, electronic warfare (EW), maritime security (MS), hydrography and other missions using the same vessels, mission control system and data links.