Elbit Systems UK said on Monday (8 June) that it has completed a series of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) trials with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The trials were delivered via DSTL’s (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) Progeny Framework, exploring how autonomous systems could support future ASW operations.

An aerial view of the Seagull. (PHOTO: Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK was one of several UK companies selected to take part in this second phase of the project, which included a series of live sea trials that took place off the UK coast with the MoD in late October 2019.

Elbit Systems UK used its Seagull USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) for the trials, with US company L3Harris Technologies providing the sonar. Seagull, Elbit System’s multi-mission, multi-sensor USV demonstrated its autonomous ASW utility to the UK MoD, across the entire trial period, utilising its ‘ASW Toolbox’ solution throughout to show how the abilities of this system to offer a force multiplier for ASW operations.

Another view of the Seagull. (PHOTO: Elbit Systems)

Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK, said: “Elbit Systems has world leading technology to offer to the maritime and littoral environment. The Seagull USV has once again, demonstrated its superior capabilities underlining Elbit Systems UK’s competitive position to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to the UK Armed Forces. We are proud of our ongoing work with the Royal Navy as we work together to maintain its operational advantage.”

The Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) has multi-mission capability, being able to perform Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Counter Measures (MCM), Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessels, mission control system and data links.

The Seagull is deployable with capability to operate from port or mother-ship, with two vessels able to be controlled from the same MCS (Mission Control System) and both manned and unmanned modes of operation, the latter featuring a high level of autonomy. Seagull offers endurance of four days and mission sea-keeping of up to Sea-State 5.

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