VIDEO: IAI to Showcase Unmanned Combat Maritime Vessel in USA
- Equipment & technology
The Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) will showcase a dual-mode, manned/unmanned combat maritime vessel KATANA next week at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems exhibition in Florida, USA, according to the United Press International (UPI).
Operation of the KATANA can be remotely controlled by using an advanced command and control system as well as via a manned combat operating mode.
The vessel is capable of conducting a wide range of missions. It can be used to protect maritime borders and offshore gas rigs and pipelines, exclusive economic zones, followed by providing port security, electronic warfare, and shallow waters patrolling, as explained by IAI.
She is equipped with various payloads (including electro-optical), communication systems, radio (Line of Site, LOS, or NLOS), radar and weapon systems.
The KATANA was developed by IAI’s Malam factory and unveiled on February 4th, 2014.
Naval Today Staff, May 9, 2014; Image: IAI