The Israel Navy is deploying a new generation of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) based on a U.S.-built combat craft and remote-control technologies developed by Rafael, a naval officer said.
The new fleet of four USVs is funded with U.S. military assistance and will complement manned surface ships in missions including defense of Israel’s economic waters and anti-mine and anti-submarine warfare.
“We have one that is currently in use in Ashdod, and we are contracted for three more. Once they arrive, my guys will upgrade them to make them more robust so that if they take a hit (from machine guns or anti-tank missiles) they’ll be able to come home,” said the officer.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel