Pilotless boat built in the UAE awaits first buyer

Though it’s not a pioneering product, the development programme on USV was initiated in 2009.

By Haseeb Haider

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Published: Mon 23 Feb 2015, 11:21 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:57 PM

Abu Dhabi — A Sharjah-based boat-making firm has designed and manufactured an unmanned surface vessel or USV for military and commercial purposes.

Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company, which specialises in making fishing and leisure boats, has developed the Beagle-7, which is one of the most diverse and economical USV platforms available today, said Nour Al Sayyed, director at the boat-making company, at the International Defense Exhibition.

Though it’s not a pioneering product, the development programme on USV was initiated in 2009. The company has successfully benefited the technology of unmanned systems, Al Sayyed told Khaleej Times.

She said: “We had the prototype ready in 2009 that was further developed this year into a fully-functional and working model.”

The Beagle-7 is a 7-metre long vessel, which can be either controlled from a remote control from a distant ground control station; the second way is that it can be programmed to do a mission by giving it the coordinates so that it has to go around and it completes the mission.

The vessel can be used for both military and commercial purposes; it can be used for geo-mapping, search and rescue, and anti-piracy activities.

Al Marakeb has carried out sea-trial for a potential Middle-Eastern buyer and talks are underway for selling the first vessel, Al Sayyed said.

— haseeb@khaleejtimes.com


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