Look, No Hands! Boats of the Future Debut at Middle East Expo

By George Backwell at February 16, 2013 07:38
Filed Under: Marine Diesel Engines, Marine Electronics, Unmanned Vessels
Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) built locally in Abu Dhabi by Al Seer Marine, based on the experience of four generations of such craft designed, built and tested by 5G International, take up centre stage at this week’s IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) 2013 Expo in Abu Dhabi. That these three sleek, fine-lined craft should grab attention needs no further explanation to those who recall the youthful pleasure of putting a remotely controlled speedboat through its paces on some pond. With these boats that basic idea is seen taken to its ultimate potential. Eclipse 11m FRP Hulled USV: Photo credit: Al Seer Marine The three models making their debut at the IDEX Expo are: Sea Serpent, the small 3m (9.8 ft) ‘jet ski’ version Boomeranger, the larger 11m ( (36.1 ft) RIB Eclipse, the top-of-class (same length) FRP. All of these boats are true robots, programmable so as to give a patrol boat’s surveillance protection to drilling rigs and other offs... [More]

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