Protector Passes Successful Live Tests
Protector Succeeds in Live Tests
12 September 2006
RAFAEL'S PROTECTOR USV TO BE DISPLAYED AT DEFENDORY 2006 FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL LIVE EXERCISES IN THE US
September 12, 2006 – Haifa -
RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd will display its Protector naval Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) at the Defendory defense exhibition in Athens
Recently, the Protector proved itself outstanding in harbor and ship protection in a series of live tests that took place in San Diego, California
. The tests were carried out for the US Navy by RAFAEL and its American partners, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.
This exercise, dubbed Sea Hawk 06, was carried out to prove just how essential Protector is for harbor security, anti-terror activities, ship protection and oil rig surveillance. According to Dr. Ehud Netzer, Corporate VP and General Manager – Systems Division at RAFAEL, "These tests were very important for RAFAEL in that they helped us understand the Navy's concept of operation and enabled us to demonstrate the Protector's capability to the customer."
The Protector, developed by RAFAEL and marketed in the US
by Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems is an integrated naval combat system, based on unmanned, autonomous, remotely-controlled surface vehicles. Highly maneuverable and stealthy, the Protector can conduct a wide spectrum of critical missions, while eliminating unnecessary risk to personnel and capital assets.
The Protector payload includes sensors and weapon systems. The search radar and the Toplite electro-optical (EO) pod serve for detection, identification and targeting. The weapon systems are based on RAFAEL's Typhoon remote-controlled, stabilized weapon station, capable of operating various small caliber guns.
The Protector has already been sold to several customers and is operational, however, "it is our hope," says Dr. Netzer "that the extensive testing in the US
will reinforce RAFAEL's position as a world leader in the field of naval USVs."
RAFAEL designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of advanced defense systems. These leading edge products include naval, air and ground precision weapons, electro-optic systems, electronic warfare (EW) systems, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems, acoustic defense systems, armored protection and training systems.