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The Rafael “Protector” unmanned patrol boat will be fitted to work with unmanned air systems (UAS), according to sources in the Paris Air Show.
The Protector 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, without exposing personnel and capital assets to unnecessary risk.
i-HLS Israel Homeland Security
The Protector’s anti-terror mission module payload includes sensors and weapon systems. The search radar and the Toplite electro-optical (EO) pod enable detection, identification and targeting operations. The weapon systems are based on Rafael’s Typhoon remote-controlled, stabilized weapon station, capable of operating various small caliber guns. The highly accurate, stabilized weapon station has excellent hit-and-kill probability.
Protector is mission reconfigurable through its plug-and-play design, allowing utilization of various mission modules:
– Anti-terror Force Protection (AT/FP)
– Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
– Naval warfare: ASW, MIW, MCM, ASUW, EW
– Maritime, Port Security
Oron Oriol Rafael’s executive VP marketing told I-HLS that the Protector is now competing in South America “Some countries in this region have a problem of protecting their undersea natural resources and our system is a major part of the solution”.