Uncrewed Surface Vehicles – Beyond Human Performance
BlueZone is now pleased to be delivering to the first MARTAC MANTAS Uncrewed Surface Vehicles for customers in Australia and New Zealand.
Many discussions around uncrewed systems tend to focus on ideas of using robotics to complete missions in the same way manned platforms would approach a task. In Military Survey, for example, uncrewed systems can augment manned platforms to increase survey coverage through increased platform numbers – the survey rate is the same, but the survey speed is contents. More area is covered in the same mission time. A similar concept holds true for using Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUV) for Mine Counter Measures (MCM) search – a greater search area can be covered in the same time using multiple systems.
These are useful applications for uncrewed systems, but what if the system itself provides entirely new capabilities – beyond human performance?
The speed, acceleration and turning performance of a MARTAC MANTAS T12 Uncrewed Surface Vehicle is beyond that which can be achieved by an equivalent small, crewed vessel. This provides new opportunities for mission success where fast transit times and high-performance handling can provide a military advantage. Uncrewed systems have the exciting potential to change naval operations, from rescue operations to endurance missions, in ways that cannot yet be imagined. Large exercises with multiple navies are now developing and proving these new concepts.