Juliet to build Guardian USV
Juliet Marine Systems has unveiled plans to construct a submersible unmanned surface vehicle (USV) variant of its Ghost patrol vessel.
Called Guardian, the system is intended for manned/unmanned surface and subsurface operations. The vessel will incorporate drag reduction technology proven on Ghost, and will be powered by a diesel powertrain with a hybrid electric drive.
Guardian will be 30-45ft in length with a top speed of 35 knots when operating in surface mode with four feet of draft in the water. The plan is for the vessel to be transportable by sea, air and land, and for it to be configurable to meet customer specifications.
Gregory Sancoff, president and CEO, JMS, said: ‘We believe Guardian is the first surface vessel that is a fully submersible USV and one that will meet or exceed the USV mission needs of navies around the world at relatively low cost.
‘We expect it to transform the way navies fulfil their operational requirements in maritime technology and provide greater capacity in littoral operations, with a host of multi-mission capabilities encompassing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; mine hunting; and anti-swarm, short-range firepower. There is no other platform like this in the world.’
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