|Rafael has recently supplied a significant number of Protector USV's to a number of fleets and civilian bodies around the world, in accordance with the growing need for a remotely-operated vessel with modular payload carrying capabilities, based on mission needs.
The recent test brings to an end the operational integration process of Protector's entire suite of mission components, including a stabilized weapon stations – Mini- Typhoon, a water cannon, non-lethal means, EW systems for protection and escort of naval vessels, MCM, electro-optical long-range detection and tracking systems, as well as Rafael's Spike missiles, all remotely-operated.
The Protector is adaptable to civilian applications, including access to disaster, contamination and radiation zones, seabed mapping, and many other applications. "The firing test demonstrates Protector's side array of capabilities and applications", said Moshe Elazar, Head of Rafael's Land and Naval Systems Division. Elazar emphasized the vast international potential for unmanned surface vehicles, noting the need for protection of critical strategic naval assets such as ports and rigs.
"These assets are vulnerable to sabotage or terrorism and the damage that can be inflicted can in some cases be catastrophic. Protector's capabilities are a major force multiplier for navies, for detection, deterrence and finally neutralization of the threat", Elazar stated.
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