In­dian Coast Guard, Marine Po­lice ex­press in­ter­est in Is­raeli USVs


Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries (IAI), which un­veiled its Katana un­manned sur­face ves­sel (USV) at De­f­expo this year, has re­ceived feel­ers from the In­dian Coast Guard and Marine Po­lice forces of states like Ma­ha­rash­tra and Tamil Nadu, ask­ing for more in­for­ma­tion and a demon­stra­tion of the sys­tem. The forces have sim­i­larly ex­pressed in­ter­est in the Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems Pro­tec­tor USV. De­vel­oped pri­mar­ily as a home­land se­cu­rity ves­sels, the Katana and Pro­tec­tor have been de­vel­oped for mis­sions in­clud­ing pro­tec­tion of ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zones, in­clud­ing har­bour se­cu­rity, pa­trol of shal­low coastal and ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, sur­face and elec­tronic war­fare and off­shore plat­form pro­tec­tion (plus oil rigs, pipe­lines, and more). Ac­cord­ing to IAI, fea­tures of the Katana in­clude au­ton­o­mous nav­i­ga­tion, col­li­sion avoid­ance, ad­vanced con­trol sys­tem and more. The ves­sel is equipped with var­i­ous pay­loads (in­clud­ing elec­troop­ti­cal), com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems, ra­dio (Line of Site, LOS, or NLOS), radar and op­tional weapon sys­tems. The Pro­tec­tor is pro­jected as an ‘in­te­grated naval com­bat sys­tem’ based on un­manned, au­ton­o­mous, re­motely con­trolled highly ma­noeu­vrable and stealthy sur­face ve­hi­cles. The Pro­tec­tor’s well re­garded anti-ter­ror mis­sion mod­ule pay­load in­cludes sen­sors and weapon sys­tems. The search radar and the To­plite elec­tro-op­ti­cal pod en­able de­tec­tion, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and tar­get­ing op­er­a­tions. The weapon sys­tems are based on Rafael’s Ty­phoon re­mote-con­trolled, sta­bilised weapon sta­tion, ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing var­i­ous small cal­i­bre guns.

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