Capability thought to be first time ever for observation class vehicle on USV
In December, technical teams from Elbit Systems of Haifa, Israel and VideoRay LLC of Pottstown, Pennsylvania USA worked together to complete successful tests of a VideoRay Pro 4 vehicle over a satellite link. While remote operation of VideoRay has been accomplished in multiple locations over the last several years, this was the first implementation of this kind over satellite. VideoRay systems have been incorporated as one of several payloads that can be rapidly deployed on Elbit's Seagull USV, extending an impressive range of missions.
Elbit Systems' USV Seagull's MCM (Mine Counter Measure) capability facilitates end-to-end mine hunting operations including detection, classification, localization, identification and neutralization of bottom moored and drifting sea mines while taking the sailor out of the mine field. The VideoRay Pro 4 is the world's most popular ROV; it can dive to 300 meters and work in currents up to 4 knots. It has a large number of available instruments and accessories.
The combination of these two technologies will allow a VideoRay Pro 4 to be deployed anywhere in the world, and controlled from a land site anywhere else in the world.
VideoRay is the largest volume manufacturer of underwater robots (ROVs – Remotely Operated Vehicles) in the world. With more than 3,700 ROV's in service around the world, VideoRay is the global leader in Observation ROV technology. VideoRay is an extremely versatile, portable, affordable, and reliable solution for underwater operations including surveys, offshore inspections, search & recovery, homeland & port security, science & research, fish farming, and applications in underwater environments. The latest Mission Specialist systems provide solutions for particularly difficult underwater challenges. VideoRay is available on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule
photo 1: The Elbit Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel that was used for this test.
photo 2: Elbit technicians drive VideoRay Pro 4 over a satellite link from this laboratory.
photo 3: While the Seagull is designed for autonomous operation, it can also be driven manually.This is the view from the cockpit.