BAE Systems has partnered with RAFAEL and Lockheed Martin to offer the U.S. Navy the Protector, an unmanned integrated naval combat system. The Protector has a stabilized gun and is able to conduct a wide spectrum of critical missions while eliminating unnecessary risk to personnel and capital assets.
Key features of Protector:
- Stealthy,fast and highly manoeuvrable unmanned vessel.
- Identifies its targets through an electro-optical system.
- Has day and night strike capabilities.
- Highly autonomous and remotely controlled, the Protector can successfully operate with general guidance from a commander and operator.
- The Protector’s anti-terror mission module payload includes sensors and weapon systems. The search radar and the Toplite electro-optical (EO) pod enable detection, identification and targeting operations.
- The weapon systems are based on RAFAEL’s Typhoon remote-controlled, stabilized weapon station, capable of operating various small caliber guns. The highly accurate, stabilized weapon station has excellent hit-and-kill probability.
- The Protector is mission reconfigurable through its plug-and-play design, allowing utilization of various mission modules, such as force protection, anti-terror surveillance and reconnaissance, mine warfare and electronic warfare.
BAE Systems has also teamed with Lockheed Martin to offer the unmanned naval combat system to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard for the LCS and Deepwater programs.
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OldSailor remembers Indian Navy using Radio Controlled Target Boats (of course without weapons) for Surface to Surface firing practice.
[Update Nov 30th, 2007] See The Protector in action:
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