USV operations are a growth area for the Offshore group.
History: Radio-controlled USVs have been developed since World War II. Early USV systems were primarily used as gunnery and missiles targets. In the 1970s, USVs started fulfilling mine sweeping missions due to their ability to reduce the risk associated with such operations, as well as the possibility to control several USV missions simultaneously.
Although appreciated for their ability to perform dangerous tasks, sparing human lives and expensive vessels, lack of sufficiently sophisticated electronics and software, as well as lack of proper command and control, hampered their wide-spread use.
In the meantime, reliability and functionality in the maritime battlespace has improved considerably. A recurring important issue in any modern navy is the search to reduce equipment procurement and running costs while maintaining and increasing capability levels. Modern-day naval forces need flexible systems, which can operate in multi-role missions with good performance in each mission type.
Offshore supports training and development of unmanned systems have been deployed in a variety of uses: UAVs for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance roles plus combat, UGVs for IED disposal, AUVs for MCM and surveys.
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