22 February 2007

Defense news: Interceptor - Unmanned Surface Vessel Unveiled

Well, 'twas only a matter of time -- UAV's are expanding in numbers, scope and capabilities (though the FAA isn't happy about one recent test) and now comes news of the surface equivalent:

The Interceptor unmanned surface vessel (USV) is developed under cooperation between AAI, and two U.S. - Marine Robotic Vessels International (MRVI) and Sea Robotics Company (SRC). Interceptor is designed for security and public service applications such as anti-piracy patrol, harbor security and oil rig surveillance. It began sea trials in September 2006. (more...)

Plan B for LCS perhaps? Waiting to hear what the Phibian, eagle1, and a couple of others have to say...