Out of harm’s way

Navigating sea mines, challenging pirates, conducting scientific research, search and rescue. These are just some of the scenarios where an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) can perform critical tasks without putting sailors in harm's way.

USVs are an excellent complement to manned systems, allowing their operators to do dull, dirty and dangerous jobs from the comparable safety of an office.

At the USV’s core is the Mission System: its ‘brain’, where information from sensors – radar, sonar, camera, GPS – integrates and interfaces with propulsion, steering and control systems.

Connected to the Mission System, the operator commands the engine, lights, cameras, weapons, microphone and speaker, but moreover, they complete the most demanding tasks, in the most challenging circumstances, without risking their lives.

Given their capabilities, it’s little wonder many have identified USVs as a multi-billion dollar growth industry. Yet despite the promise, few unmanned vessels have had commercial success so far, largely because of their bespoke nature and limited integration with wider naval operations and systems.

We’re keen to change that.

Last year, we unveiled the Bonefish, a concept USV on which we’re testing a revolutionary Mission System, one which is reliable, flexible, low-cost, and which can be applied to vessels of all sorts, including trimarans, catamarans and monostable hulls.

Since unveiling Bonefish last year, we’ve worked on the Mission System in the laboratory at our Centre of Excellence in Autonomous Vessels in Australia. We're engaging with maritime regulators and we’ll be showing off the Mission System on Bonefish at Pacific 2015, and hope to see it become a commercial success in the near future; protecting people and society from existing and emerging naval threats.