Interceptor unmanned surface vessel (USV) is developed under
cooperation between AAI, and two U.S. - Marine Robotic Vessels
International (MRVI) and Sea Robotics Company (SRC). Interceptor
is designed for security and public service applications such
as anti-piracy patrol, harbor security and oil rig surveillance.
It began sea trials in September 2006.
The Interceptor can operate autonomously commanded by an on-board
mission computer and navigation system, taking the vessel on
the pre-determined course and commands the prescribed tasks.
There are onboard sensors to modify the progress of the vessel
according to changing external circumstances, for example collision
avoidance. Alternatively, the vessel can be remotely controlled
via radio link.
The 6.5 meter long vessel is powered by a 266 Steyr multi-fuel
engine coupled to a Hamilton waterjet propulsor.
The control system is compatible with the same protocol used
with AAI Corp's UAV systems (Shadow and Aerosonde) to provide
a seamless integration between unmanned aerial and surface vehicles.