Elbit Systems’ Seagull multi-mission unmanned surface vessel (USV) recently completed a series of sea trials operating the Kraken Robotic Systems’ KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) towed system. These tests follow a successful series of Mine Counter Measures (MCM) tests and exercises conducted by the Seagull over the past two years, including trials and exercises in participation with Western and other Navies.
Actively controlled, KATFISH is an intelligent towfish platform specifically designed for high-speed hunting of naval mines and underwater improvised explosive devices. The system produces ultra-high definition seabed imagery and mapping for a variety of military and commercial applications and is capable of transmitting the sonar data in real time. Integrated onboard the Seagull, it provides a high-performance sensor contributing to an end-to-end, unmanned, mine hunting capability.
KATFISH is deployed and recovered by the same Launching and Recovering System (LARS) that the Seagull operates for its Side Scan Sonar (SSS), which can be installed upon customer demand. KATFISH is the latest addition to a long list of sensors and effectors that have already been successfully integrated into the Seagull further enhancing its modularity.
Seagull offers an endurance of 4 days and mission sea-keeping of up to Sea-State 5 and is capable of executing SAS search missions, stand-alone or as part of an MCM toolbox. Seagull is operational with the Israeli Navy and is fully compliant with the COLREGs International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.