SEA-KIT to Debut H-class USV
SEA-KIT International revealed a new USV design that focuses on hydrography and environmental data collection.
The SEA-KIT H-class USV, with its retractable gondola and dual sensor deployment options, is a configurable design based on data and feedback collected from its X-class USVs.
The H-class features a composite hull to enable greater range and endurance, as well as active stabilizers to minimize roll. The new design has 12m and 15m variants, with the 12m version transportable in a standard shipping container for rapid, low-cost deployment. Both variants can be davit launched.
The H-class USV can accommodate a range of sensors as well as deploy a tow cage, SVP, MAPR, CTD and side scan sonar for deepwater and nearshore bathymetric and hydrographic survey missions. The vessel includes a Multibeam Echo Sounder (MBES), station holding and winch-deployed sensor payloads for versatile ocean survey capability.
SEA-KIT’s H-class USV is designed to MCA Category 0 for extended, over-the-horizon capability and will hold Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) certification from Lloyd’s Register as well as Lloyd’s Register approval for design and hull construction.