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USV conversion kit in MENA tests

23rd August 2016 - 13:30 GMT | by Awad Mustafa in Dubai


An autonomous boat control system developed by UAE-based Al Marakeb to convert marine craft into unmanned surface vessels (USVs) has been distributed to three MENA countries for testing.

The Marine Autopilot System (MAP SYS) ‘can upgrade any existing boat into a USV’, according to Basel Shuhaiber, CEO of Al Marakeb.

The smart system can be integrated and configured with any vessel of any size to navigate a course that is wholly predetermined by the pilot, the company said in a statement. 

For military applications the system has the capability to be connected to a satcom or a CMESH router that

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Awad Mustafa


Awad Mustafa

Based in Dubai, Awad has covered the Middle East defence beat for a number of …

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