Elbit Systems trials aerial drone compatibility of new USV

Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems has conducted a series of trials wherein a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being integrated into the company’s Seagull unmanned surface vessel (USV).

The trials were carried out to confirm the feasibility of using the USV as a launching platform for the 15-kilogram UAV, whose visual feed can be transmitted to a land-based operator.

The UAV, when fitted with electronic warfare and electro-optic/infrared sensors, is expected to augment the Seagull’s intelligence-gathering capability.

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