Unmanned Marine Vehicles

S3’s experience in developing Concepts of Operations, employment strategies and tactics for Unmanned Maritime Vessels includes afloat asset protection, forward ISR operations, and fisheries enforcement. S3 develops integrated systems of vessels and sensors over a range of vessel sizes and capabilities.

Unmanned Surface Vehicles

USVs can be remotely piloted from shore bases and other vessels, or they can operate autonomously using pre-programmed mission parameters. USV’s can be operated under more extreme conditions than manned vessels and can have extended ranges. They can operate independently or together with mother ships and carry modular sensor packages and a variety of enforcement tools including:

  • Thermal/IR imagery
  • Night vision
  • 360 degree visual systems
  • Long Range Acoustic Devices
  • High-Pressure Water Jets
  • Net Cutters/Screw Immobilizers
  • High Intensity Strobes & Spotlights
  • Laser Dazzlers

USVs are cost effective to purchase and operate and can provide an exceptional surveillance and enforcement tool. They can be utilized as persistent sensor and enforcement platforms, EEZ patrols, and as pickets to extend surveillance ranges of manned platforms.

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

UUVs include both Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). AUVs can operate independently of surface platforms and can be capable of extended underwater operations. Initially developed primarily for underwater surveys, AUV are increasingly capable of more sophisticated and complex tasks, including making underwear connections, installation of lightweight undersea cables and underwater inspections. AUVs can be equipped with a variety of sensors, including imaging sonars, video cameras, and electromagnetic sensors.

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