Elbit’s Seagull to get sonar system
Kraken Sonar Systems will provide its Katfish towed sonar system for Elbit Systems’ USV Seagull, Kraken Sonar announced on 23 February.
The sonar system will be used by the USV to remotely operate mine countermeasures and underwater ISR missions. Katfish is an intelligent towfish platform designed to generate real-time seabed imagery and maps for commercial and military applications.
Karl Kenny, president, Kraken Sonar, said: ‘When our synthetic aperture sonar is integrated on Elbit's Seagull USV, the system can provide remotely operated, unmanned, end-to-end mine hunting operations.
‘These ocean drones can detect very small objects hidden on the seabed and enter confined spaces where underwater explosives are likely to be hidden. Since robotic systems can be remotely operated their use can remove people from very dangerous missions - in essence, taking the sailor out of the minefield.’
The Seagull is a 40ft autonomous launch USV that can also be fitted with mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and force protection/patrol mission modules, including wire-guided torpedoes and a remotely-operated, stabilised .50-calibre machine gun.
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