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 Defence & Border Control 

  Enhanced fleet capabilities and operational targeting for the   defence and maritime security sectors  

Use Case

⎖  Defence and Border Security patrols 

⎖  Vessel and fleet escorts 
  Anti-submarine warfare 

  Operational mine hunting 

  Offshore/subsea infrastructure guarding 

  Coastal surveillance 

  Human trafficking prevention 

  Counter narcotics 

  Search and rescue 

  Training and simulations 

  Multi domain operations 

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Autonomous solutions provide a low cost, scalable solution to the need for better detection and prevention of illegal activities, working as an enhancement to established surface fleets. Our H-USVs offer long endurance of up to 70 days at 5 knots, with a sprint speed of 20 knots.


Operating as a swarm, they provide improved geographical coverage and data collection, acting as both a deterrent to those committing illegal activities, as well as providing a means of intercepting vessels and recording high resolution footage for prosecution.


In addition to defence and security patrols, H-USVs also offer an environmental and safety management solution.


Onboard sensor payloads can be aligned to mission objectives, including collecting scientific, environmental, commercial and operational data.

As a scalable solution our vessels enable the protection of territorial waters, EEZ's and MPAs.


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Deploying 14 AO Guard vessels as a swarm to provide a 350nm deterrent and visual perimeter along the English Channel to support counter narcotics and human trafficking operations, and to provide search and rescue for migrant crossings. The AO Guard swarm can identify threats and anomalies, including vessels that are too small for radar and those operating without AIS. The AO Guard sends an alert, and the operator notifies Border Control, the MCA, Royal Navy, before deploying the most optimally positioned vessels to track and intercept said threat. The rest of the fleet reforms a perimeter to detect and deter further incursions. The lead AO Guard vessel sails to intercept the target at interception speeds of 20 knots, whilst trying to establish comms via VHF.

At a range of 1-2nm the AO Guard uses the LRAD system to warn the vessel that it is entering UK waters. If the target vessel persists, the AO Guard has the capability to issue non-lethal deterrents. The AO Guard continues to track the incoming vessel, maintaining a stand-off distance, and relays its GPS coordinates to the authorities. The AO Guard will remain in proximity to provide search and rescue support in the event the suspect vessel falters. More so, the AO Guard maintains a line of sight and continues to transmit low bandwidth footage to identify the target vessel operator, while crewed vessels move to site. The AO Guard continues to capture secure encrypted HD video suitable for prosecution.

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