Elbit Systems unveiled its new Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) “Stingray” at the IDEF-05 exhibition in Turkey. Stingray can perform autonomously or be remotely controlled by a single operator located at the shore station or onboard the ship. Top speed is up to 40 knots, with endurance over eight hours.
The development is based on Elbit’s extensive experience in the development and operation of unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and mini UAVs. It is equipped with autonomous navigation and positioning capability, cruise sensors, and a stabilization system which prevents capsizing. Stingray can carry payload weight of up to 150 kg in two watertight sealed compartments. It is also equipped with day and night electro-optical stabilized payload. The USV is controlled from a portable control station, from which operators can monitor and operate the mission payloads and perform mission planning.
The USV is designed for homeland security and coast guard applications including clearing shipping lanes and underwater search missions. Potential naval combat applications include target identification, Intelligence reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) missions. Other applications include EW and ELINT.