PROTECTOR Unmanned Surface vehicle
BAE Systems has partnered with RAFAEL and Lockheed Martin to offer the U.S. Navy the PROTECTOR, an unmanned integrated naval combat system. The PROTECTOR has a stabilized gun and is able to conduct a wide spectrum of critical missions while eliminating unnecessary risk to personnel and capital assets.
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Stealthy, fast and highly maneuverable, this unmanned vessel identifies its targets through an electro-optical system and has day and night strike capabilities. Highly autonomous and remotely controlled, the PROTECTOR can successfully operate with general guidance from a commander and operator.
The PROTECTOR's anti-terror mission module payload includes sensors and weapon systems. The search radar and the Toplite electro-optical (EO) pod enable detection, identification and targeting operations.
The weapon systems are based on RAFAEL's Typhoon remote-controlled, stabilized weapon station, capable of operating various small caliber guns. The highly accurate, stabilized weapon station has excellent hit-and-kill probability.
The PROTECTOR is mission reconfigurable through its plug-and-play design, allowing utilization of various mission modules, such as force protection anti-terror surveillance and reconnaissance, mine warfare and electronic warfare.