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Narwhal Star USV

Unmanned piracy surveillance solution

Narwhal Star USV

Unmanned piracy surveillance solution

Are your vessels protected from the growing threat of piracy?

The Narwhal Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) is a remote-controlled RIB designed for use as reconnaissance and surveillance vessel that can scout up to 300 nautical miles from its control source.

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The USV serves as an extremely effective anti-piracy tool, allowing shipping operators to undertake reconnaissance missions ahead of a parent vessel, identify potential threats and give crews the real time intelligence needed to take evasive action without putting any personnel at risk.

Key benefits:

  • Provides the ability to actively identify piracy threats 
  • Improves response times and informs evasive actions
  • Improves safety for passengers and crew
  • Safeguards vessels, cargo and other valuable assets

 

Vessels in the USV range are designed for speed and manoeuvrability in open ocean environments and offer a highly cost-effective alternative to fully automated drone technology. The technology used is very reliable and is already established for use in military applications, having been adopted by navies within Europe and the Middle East.

Key operating features:

  • Up to a 300 nautical mile range
  • Up to 30 hours running time
  • Multiple piloting options; remote, manned and semi-autonomous
  • Configurable sensor array, including 360-degree cameras, GPS and comprehensive system monitoring
  • Optional extras including smoke / flare dispensers, robotic arms (for deploying instruments) and towing decoys.

 

Real time sensors included:

  • GPS
  • Compass
  • Course over ground
  • Speed over ground
  • Speed over water
  • Angular speed
  • Depth
  • Attitude (pitch and roll)
  • Fuel level
  • Battery level
  • Rudder parameters (position and alarms…)
  • Engine parameters (rpm, trim, temperatures, alarms…)

 

Additional payload options include:

  • Marine grade day vision and night vision (IR) cameras
  • Speakers
  • Smoke/flare dispenser
  • Weather station
  • Water sensors (Temp, oxygen and conductivity)
  • Towed target
  • VHF marine communications
  • Robotic arm (to position sensors into the water)

 

The Narwhal USV is a highly adaptable marine surveillance tool that can dramatically reduce the risk of a vessel falling into the hands of pirates. Read our FAQ or contact our team to learn more.  

 

Electro-optical system

 

Day camera and thermal camera

Yes

Transmitter of acoustic signals

Yes

Laser range finder

Yes

Laser dazzler

Yes

 

 

Day camera

Optical zoom, 30x continuous. Digital zoom, 12x continuous field of view .63o to 2.3o in HD mode and 47.8o to 1.7o in SD video mode

Resolution of thermal camera: 2mpx

Auto focus

Target: 2.3x2.3m

D (2TVL) >20km

R (6TVlines) >6km

I (10TVlines) >4km

Target: 5x5m

D (2TVL) >31km

R (6TVlines) = >10km

I (10TVlines) >6km 

 

 

Thermal camera

640HD 75mm

LWIR

8 – 14um

Uncooled

Yes

Pitch 17um

Yes

NETD 50 moK @ f/1.0, 30Hz

Yes

Resolution

640x480

Angle of view

18o to 5.9o

Target 2.3m x 2.3m

D (2TVL) >9.5km

R (6TVLines) > 1.75km

I (10TVlines) >1km

Target 5.5m x 5.5m

D (2TVL) = 10km

R (6TVLines) > 3.3km

I (10TVlines) >2km

Laser finder

Range: 1.5km / resolution 0.5m

Laser dazzler

Power 5000mW

Wavelength: 520nm

Beam diameter: 3m @ 500m

Gimbal characteristics

360o turn

Elevation -90o to +90o

Three-way axis giro stabilisation, c/w, enhanced video stabilisation

>0,1mrad / sec

Vertical speed: >1,0rad / sec or larger

Horizontal speed >1,0red / sec  

Radar

Marine grade >32nm

Tracking >50 targets. Rpm 24/48

AIS

Possibility to connect with radar for data function

Cameras for navigation assistance

4HD cameras with real time information transmitted to Ground Control Station (GCS)

Video recorder

Continuous operation

 

 

Narwhal Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

The Narwhal Star Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) is an ocean-going surveillance tool, designed to enable shipping operators to identify piracy risks without the need to directly involve crew in potentially dangerous reconnaissance patrols.

Find out more about the USV via our FAQ below, or contact our team to discuss your requirements.

 

What is the Narwhal Star USV?

The Narwhal Star Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) is an innovative remote-controlled, ocean going Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). The vessel is controlled by a human pilot via a Ground Control Station (GCS), either on land or on-board a parent vessel. The USV has a number of different piloting options, including manned operation and comes complete with a standard helm.   

 

What are the USV’s key applications?

The Narwhal Star USV has been designed as a surveillance and reconnaissance vessel with piracy detection and avoidance in mind. However, the USV is available in a wide range of configurations, making it suitable for commercial and military applications, including:

  • Scouting / recce missions
  • Military surveillance, reconnaissance and personnel extraction 
  • Environmental surveys / monitoring
  • Border patrol

 

How does the vessel operate?

The Narwhal Star USV has four different operational modes:

  • Manned – Controlled manually, pilot on the craft.
  • Remote manual: The operation of the USV is controlled from the Ground Control Station (GCS)console. The operator commands throttle and rudder manually. Some telecommands are available to move prefixed rudder position, start/stop engine, trim, emergency stop, etc.
  • Semi-autonomous: The operator sets engine revolutions and course. Both parameters are kept in the required values till the selection of new ones.
  • Autonomous: The USV follows a previously defined path using waypoints. This operating system is capable of making some autonomous decisions EG collision avoidance.

 When operated remotely, the Narwhal USV is controlled via radio / satellite link from a Ground Control Station (GCS).

 

What equipment is required to pilot the Narwhal Star USV?

Aside from the vessel itself, a Ground Control Station (GCS) is required in order to pilot the vessel remotely. This is provided in the USV package. The GCS can be portable with no need of additional facilities. One person can pilot the GCS and operate the vessel.

The GCS could be also installed in an operation room. Two-way communications-based systems will need the installation of antennas in to ensure the operation range.

 

How large is the vessel?

The Narwhal Star USV is typically supplied as a 6.7 metre heavy duty RIB with unmanned / remote control capability. Other configurations are also available, please speak to our team to discuss your requirements.   

Vessel Datasheet

 

Length overall

675 cm

Inside length

525 cm

Beam overall

270 cm

Inside beam

148 cm

Maximum depth

100 cm

Maximum tube Ø

57 cm

Chambers

5+1

Maximum engine power

225 HP

Recommended engine power (4S)

150 HP

Maximum engine weight

290 kg

Engine shaft type

XL

Max. authorized PAX no.

16/8

Maximum authorized load

1530 kg / 1450 kg

Approx. weight of boat

490 kg

Approval

C/B

 

What is the vessel’s engine capacity?

The Narwhal Star USV is typically supplied with a Mercury 200HP engine. Other engines are also available, please speak to our team to discuss your requirements.

Engine specification - Mercury Seapro 200

HP / kW

200 / 149

Engine type

V6

MidSection

Conventional MidSection

Displacement (CID / CC)

209 CID

Displacement (L) 

3.4L

Cylinder configuration 

V6 (64 degree) with Duel Overhead Cam (DHOC) and 24 valves

Full throttle RPM

4600 - 5400

Air induction

Performance-Tuned Long Runner Intake Manifold 

Fuel induction system

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Computer controlled with advanced range optimisation

Alternator amp / Watt

85-amp / 1071 Watt with idle charge

Recommended fuel

Unleaded regular 87 octane minimum (R+M/2) or 90 RON 10% ehthanol maximum

Recommended oil

NMMA certified FCW SAE 25W-40 (optimal 10W-30 for cold conditions) 

Engine protection operator warning system

SmartCraft Engine Guardian

Starting

Electronic start with SmartStart Protection

Controls

Remote Mechanical or Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS)

Steering

Big Tiller (optional)

Controls

Remote mechanical or Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS)

Shaft length

20" / 508mm

25 / 635mm

Gearcase ratio

1.85:1

Trim system

Power trim and tilt

Exhaust system

Through prop

Counter rotation

Available

Colour

Phantom black

Lubrication system

Integrated wet sump

Oil capacity

7.0 quarts / 6.6 litres

Maximum trim range 

20(-6o to 14o)

Maximum tilt range

73o (-6o to 67o)

 

 What is included in a standard USV package?

The standard ‘off the shelf’ USV package comes with everything you need to pilot the vessel remotely within a line of sight range. This includes:

  • RIB and engine
  • Ground Control Station (GCS)
  • One-way communication link (from GCS to vessel)
  • Real time sensors included:
  • GPS
  • Compass
  • Course over ground
  • Speed over ground
  • Speed over water
  • Angular speed
  • Depth
  • Attitude (pitch and roll)
  • Fuel level
  • Battery level
  • Rudder parameters (position and alarms…)
  • Engine parameters (rpm, trim, temperatures, alarms…)

 

Additional payload options include:

  • Additional options are available, allowing customisation and additional functionality / range. Options include:
  • Double (two way) communications link
  • Autonomous operational capability with waypoints (including mission planner in Ground Control Station)
  • On-board gyrostabilized EO camera
  • On-board marine standard, high resolution, gyrostabilized EO/IR cameras
  • Extended Ground Control Station (GRS) with screens for images and telemetry presentation
  • Speakers
  • Smoke/flare dispenser
  • Weather station
  • Water sensors (Temp, oxygen and conductivity)
  • Towed target
  • VHF marine communications
  • Robotic arm (to position sensors into the water)

 

 What is the remote range of the USV from the control point?

The standard (radio controlled) USV, featuring one-way communications has a range of up 25 nautical miles, with line of sight. This is variable, dependent on the height of the GCS antenna. 

The advanced (radio controlled) version, including two-way communications to facilitate the transmission of information (video, audio, telemetry data) from the vessel to the Ground Control Station (GCS) is 5 nautical miles. This is variable, dependent on the height of the GCS antenna. 

An option to control the vessel via satellite link is also available. This offers global coverage with no line of sight required when paired with on-board camera systems. 

 

Do atmospheric conditions interfere with remote control / limit range?

Atmospheric conditions do not affect the ability to communicate with the vessel or limit its remote range.

 

What maintenance is typically required?

The Narwhal Star USV’s remote control systems and the vessel should be serviced once per year. 

 

Does the Narwhal Star USV come with a warranty?

The Narwhal Star USV comes with a two-year warranty. Enhanced warranty and service packages are available, please speak to our team to discuss your requirements.

 

What is the lead time from point of order?

Lead time is approximately six weeks from the point of order. Delivery times can vary dependent on delivery location.

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