Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced it has completed the development of an additional mission module for its Protector Unmanned surface Vehicle (USV).
The company said it performed a series of tests in which a number of Spike missiles were launched from the Protector and hit simulated enemy targets. This was the first-ever missile firing from an operational, remote-controlled USV, according to the company.
This new capability allows attacks of land or naval targets, enabling safe vessel operation from a remote command and control room or from aboard other naval platforms.
Rafael further said it recently supplied a significant number of Protector USV’s to a number of fleets and civilian bodies around the world.
The recent test brings to an end the operational integration process of Protector’s entire suite of mission components, including a stabilized weapon stations – MiniTyphoon, a water cannon, non-lethal means, EW systems for protection and escort of naval vessels, MCM, electro-optical long-range detection and tracking systems, as well as Rafael’s Spike missiles, all remotely-operated.
“The firing test demonstrates Protector’s side array of capabilities and applications,” said Moshe Elazar, Head of Rafael’s Land and Naval Systems Division.
“These assets are vulnerable to sabotage or terrorism and the damage that can be inflicted can in some cases be catastrophic. Protector’s capabilities are a major force multiplier for navies, for detection, deterrence and finally neutralization of the threat,” Elazar stated.