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Maritime Security

Whaler Robotics

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Boston Whaler

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Boston Whaler Unveils "Robot" Security Boat

A Remotely Piloted Surface Vessel (RPSV) was unveiled at the Navy

League Air Sea and Space Exhibition in

Washington D.C. from March 26-28, 2002 by Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products Inc, a

Brunswick Corporation boatbuilding division. Developed jointly by Boston

Whaler, Global Atlantic Inc. and Smart boat Inc., the 15 foot fiberglass hull of the RPSV is propelled by a 2.5-liter V6 cylinder 175-hp Mercury SportJet water jet giving a speed capability in excess of 40 knots. Although initially offered with a gasoline engine, a diesel or multi-fuel variant will be optional in the near future. (See related story, page 26 of this edition).

Selection of Boston Whaler as lead contractor to supply the boat hull was made due to its long reputation as vol- ume manufacturer of hulls with proven sea-keeping qualities and its experience in governmental and military boats.

General Manager Eric Caplan said, "this cost-effective RPSV brings about a quantum leap in naval/marine tactics, heralding a new era in maritime securi- ty." The RPSV operates without a pilot and is controlled either remotely or autonomously according to mission and set-up. Typical tasks for this craft are surveillance and interdiction: able to operate for periods ranging from several hours to several days, depending on fuel limitations. Propulsion and steering con- trol functions use a customized Mercury

SmartCraft CAN-bus network, integrat- ed to the "black boxes" of the command and control system specially developed for the application. The on-board com- puter is a COTS design with open archi- tecture. retained in special marine shock mounts. High-definition video with low light capability, infrared camera, spot/floodlights, electric thrusters pro- viding position loitering. Additional roles could include port and coastal security, mine detection and neutralisa- tion, fire fighting and observation - putting a robot in harms way where you don't want to risk human life.

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