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SEAGULL on the Hunt

International ASW Exercise Demonstrates Capabilities of Elbit Systems’ USV


A joint Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise was recently held in the Mediterranean by the Israeli and the French Navies. Under Israeli Navy command, two Israeli ASW vessels, a French Navy frigate and ASW helicopter, alongside Elbit Systems‘ SEAGULL Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) performed ASW missions against an Israeli submarine.

The joint force simultaneously operated manned and unmanned surface and airborne vessels, practicing advanced means and tactics for submarine detection and deterrence. 

In addition to ASW capabilities, SEAGULL features switchable, modular mission payload suites and can perform Mines Counter Measures (MCM) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, mission control system and data links. It offers navies a true force multiplier delivering enhanced performance to naval operations, reducing risk to human life and dramatically cutting procurement and operating costs.

SEAGULL is a 12m USV developed for operation from either a mother ship or shore station. Designed for a mission endurance in excess of 96 hours, it marries a highly autonomous core command and control/situational awareness suite with modular payload packages tailored to specific missions including MCM, ASW, electronic warfare, and maritime security.

On14 September 2017, SEAGULL demonstrated a remotely operated ASW mission live. Via Satellite Communication (SATCOM), the USV, sailing in the Haifa Bay, Israel, performed the operational ASW mission using control consoles situated some 3,515km away in Elbit Systems booth at DSEI 2017 in London. Operating its Dipping Sonar and Elbit Systems proprietary software, SEAGULL performed real-time detections and classification of objects, demonstrating capability to deter and dissuade hostile subsurface activity. The Seagull team included two operators, a USV operator and sonar operator.


SEAGULL Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) and Israeli Navy submarine during Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise recently held in the Mediterranean by Israeli and the French Navies. (Photo: Elbit Systems/Galina Kantor)



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