Thursday, October 09, 2014

US Navy Port Protection


(Naples, Italy) The US Navy has completed testing of unmanned water craft designed as remotely-operated port security vessels.
The 10-foot-long “Blackfish” recently underwent tests by the Office of Naval Research, spokesman Peter Vietti said. The prototype was developed by defense company QinetiQ and consists of a commercially available water craft, such as a jet ski, that is equipped with sonar, scanners and cameras.

It can patrol an area on its own, or be remotely controlled by a sailor, according to Mark Hewitt, a senior vice president for QinetiQ North America.
The primary function of the Blackfish is to patrol port facilities to identify potential threats to warships.

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