At the annual Maritime Award Gala held on November 06, Seagull, Elbit Systems’ multi mission Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), was announced winner of the Ship of The Year 2017 by the Royal Dutch Association of Shipping Technicians (KNVTS). The award is granted to the most technologically innovative ship presenting superior design, economics and sustainability.
Seagull is a 12-meter long USV that can be operated from a mother-ship or from shore stations. It provides multi-mission capabilities including Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Counter Measures (MCM), Electronic Warfare (EW), maritime security and underwater commercial missions, leveraging modular and interchangeable mission system installation and offering a high level of autonomy. Seagull provides mission endurance of more than four days and features C4I capabilities for enhanced situation awareness.
Seagull participated in MCM trials held by the Dutch and Belgian navies in the North Sea, and demonstrated superior performance in sea state 6, at winds exceeding 35 knots and 1.5 meter high waves. Elbit Systems showcased Seagull’s strong capabilities in several remotely operated demonstrations during 2017 conducting ASW and MCM missions at Haifa Bay using control consoles situated thousands of miles away in the company’s booths in the PACIFIC, DSEI and IMDEX exhibitions.
Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division said: “We are proud of the KNVTS award attesting to the uniqueness and high level of innovation introduced by Seagull. We are witnessing a growing interest in the Maritime domain, in adopting advanced and proven multi mission autonomous systems that provide Naval forces with greater flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency.”