World’s fastest autonomous interceptor set to debutWritten by Nick Blenkey
France’s CMN Naval will showcase what’s claimed to be the fastest autonomous interceptor in the world, the UHSI32, at the upcoming World Defense Show, taking place from March 6-9, 2022, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The UHSI32 combines multiple mission capabilities with high-speed performance (over 45 knots) and an extended patrol period of three days. With a length of 32 meters and beam of 7 meters, missions include maritime security, search-and-rescue (SAR), insertion, surveillance and protection of assets at sea.
The vessel’s autonomous abilities and features have been developed by CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie) in cooperation with Boston, Mass., based Sea Machines Robotics.
CMN Naval will demonstrate the UHSI32’s ability to execute autonomous transit missions, pattern autonomy and dynamic collision avoidance while being operated via over-the-horizon network connectivity almost anywhere in the world. In addition, a Raytheon command and control system will help analyze, track and compile data.
“The UHSI32 is the first high-speed interceptor in its class which incorporates autonomous technology. We will continue to collaborate with world leaders in specific fields to push the boundaries of innovations and to become the world’s most advanced and sustainable shipbuilder,” said Fadi S. Pataq of CMN Naval, which is a member of the Prinvest Group.
“As a leading developer of autonomous control systems, Sea Machines brings innovation to the global security and defense sectors,” said Frank Relou, business development manager, EMEA, for Sea Machines. “This collaboration with CMN Naval represents the intersection of commercial and government sectors, and the capabilities of autonomous technology. We continue to prove the capabilities of our technology on the world stage, and we look forward to demonstrating its value once more at the World Defense Show.”