Elbit Systems and the Israeli Navy have conducted trials using Elbit’s Skylark C mini unmanned aerial system (UAS) onboard the Seagull unmanned surface vessel (USV) to expand its intelligence-gathering capabilities.

The Seagull USV is designed for use in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), mine countermeasure (MCM) surveillance, electronic warfare (EW), maritime security and hydrography. It offers a switchable payload suite that includes EW and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads to enable situational awareness and intelligence gathering. Integrating it with the Skylark C UAS offers additional aerial information gathering to enhance situational awareness at sea and onshore.

The Skylark C is an autonomous ship-borne mini UAS with a takeoff weight of 15kg and capable of point water recovery. It generates a visual feed that can be captured transmitted to a land-based control and utilised by naval vessels’ combat management systems (CMS).

The Israeli Navy has deployed the Seagull USV in several recent NATO maritime exercises, including in an MCM exercise with the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean helicopter and an ASW exercise that was conducted together with the Spanish Navy’s Victoria frigate and the Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan.

In the last year, Elbit Systems has further developed maritime surveillance capability by adding additional sonar systems to the Seagull USV, integrating a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) in cooperation with the Israeli Navy and concluding a series of trials for the Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) USV-towed sonar.