Elbit’s Seagull USV bags Dutch KNVTS ship of the year award

Photo: Elbit Systems

The Royal Dutch Association of Shipping Technicians (KNVTS) selected Elbit’s ‘Seagull’ unmanned surface vehicle (USV) as the winner of their Ship of the Year 2017 award.

The KNVTS award is granted to the most technologically innovative ship presenting superior design, economics and sustainability.

Seagull participated in MCM trials held by the Dutch and Belgian navies in the North Sea, and demonstrated superior performance in sea state 6, at winds exceeding 35 knots and 1.5 meter high waves.

Israel-based Elbit Systems also showcased Seagull’s capabilities in several remotely operated demonstrations during 2017 conducting ASW and MCM missions at Haifa Bay using control consoles situated thousands of miles away in the company’s booths in the PACIFIC, DSEI and IMDEX exhibitions.

Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division said: “We are proud of the KNVTS award attesting to the uniqueness and high level of innovation introduced by Seagull. We are witnessing a growing interest in the Maritime domain, in adopting advanced and proven multi mission autonomous systems that provide Naval forces with greater flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency.”


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