Elbit Systems Seagull USV (Unmanned Surface Vessel) participated in a recent joint exercise between the Israeli Navy and the British Royal Navy in Haifa Bay.
During the exercise the USV performed a Mine Counter Measure (MCM) mission, scanning and charting a secure path for HMS Ocean, the RN helicopter carrier. Once encountering Mine-Like-Objects, the Seagull alerted HMS Ocean to avoid them, thus securing its safe route.
The Seagull performed the mission while being remotely operated from a Mission Control Station onshore. Additionally, the Seagull took part in a tactical maneuvering exercise and sailed in formation with the Navy vessels and British RN’s carrier.
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.