Seagull, Elbit Systems’ Multi-Mission USV, participated in the bi-national MCM trials for unmanned maritime systems that were organized by the Directorate General of Material Resources (DGMR) of the Belgian Defense Ministry. Taking part in the trials conducted off the Belgian Zeebrugge Naval Base in June, were several companies operating different types of unmanned underwater and surface vehicles.
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 Hunting & Mine Sweeping (MCM), Electronic Warfare (EW), maritime security and underwater commercial missions, leveraging modular mission system installation and offering a high level of autonomy. It features inherent C4I capabilities for enhanced situation awareness and mission endurance of more than four days.
In the bi-national Belgium & Dutch MCM Trials, a single Seagull unit demonstrated MCM mission execution scanning the whole water column in one path, operating both the K5900 Side Scan Sonar (SSS) and the R2Sonic Forward Looking Sonar (FLS) for Search, Detection and Classification. On the second day, the same Seagull platform, operating a VideoRay ROV, a light Remotely Operated Vehicle, conducted the Identification and Demolition Phase of the Mine Hunting Mission.