Israel unveils unmanned combat marine system
Jerusalem: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Tuesday unveiled the latest addition to its line of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) -- a combat marine system named KATANA for homeland security, Xinhua reported.
KATANA`s features include autonomous navigation and a collision avoidance system, and it is fitted with various payloads including electro-optic and infrared cameras, line-of-sight and none-line-of-sight communication, radar and weapon systems, the state-owned IAI said in a statement.
IAI said the craft, developed by its Malam factory, supports a wide range of missions -- protection of exclusive economic zones (EEZ), maritime borders and offshore gas rigs and pipelines, as well as port security, shallow waters patrolling, and electronic warfare.
It can also provide real-time intelligence imagery by identifying, tracking and classifying targets both far and near, and engage them if required, according to the statement.
It is capable of fully-autonomous operation or can be remotely controlled by a human operator, the statement added.
"We are proud to present the newest member of our USV family. It is the result of an ongoing development process which lasted many years," an IAI executive was quoted as saying.
Another company official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to comment on whether contracts to sell the vessel were being negotiated.
USVs have become increasingly popular in militaries across the globe since the suicide attack against the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000 which claimed the lives of 17 sailors and wounded dozens of others.
The Haifa-based Rafael Advanced Defence Systems began developing the missile-armed Protector, the world`s first operational combat USV, in the wake of that attack and other emerging maritime threats.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Cabinet meeting on 7th Pay Commission may approve higher salaries for govt employees
- Cabinet meeting on 7th Pay Commission may approve higher salaries for govt employees - Part II
- Monsoon havoc: Delhi lacks proper drainage system
- SC rejects plea seeking ban on WhatsApp messaging app
- 7th Pay Commission: Cabinet approves pay hike for govt employees
- Top six excuses man gives to REJECT woman’s proposal
- Atmosphere of ancient Mars had high levels of oxygen: NASA
- Shiv Sena mocks Amit Shah on 'Sholay' posters, BJP warns of `fitting reply`
- Tired of an unruly mane? Watch how to keep hair your straight all day long!
- 7th Pay Commission: Five recommendations that will disappoint govt employees