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ST Electronics showcases unmanned sea craft

Jack Loo | May 18, 2011
Vessels feature multi-mission capabilities including detection of radioactive materials.

ST Electronics is showcasing its Venus-9 and Venus-16 Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) at the IMDEX (International Maritime Defence Exhibition) 2011 held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 18 to 20 May this year.

Visitors will be able to see the life-sized Venus-9 and a scaled model of the Venus-16. The Singapore-based supplier first unveiled the propeller-driven Venus-9 at the 2009 edition of IMDEX and the waterjet Venus-9 at the Singapore Airshow last year.

The modular design approach used in the Venus USV has enabled ST Electronics to integrate different payloads to perform multi-missions operations. For example, ST Electronics has integrated a Weapon of Mass Destruction Detector (WMDD) System on the Venus-9 USV and successfully demonstrated its capabilities to detect radioactive materials and targets.

Meanwhile, ST Electronics and partner H-Scientific have jointly developed a Collision Avoidance (CA) System to enhance mission autonomy and have started sea trials onboard the Venus USV. The initial results of the sea trials were presented at Defence Technology Asia 2011 in Singapore in February this year.


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