ECA demonstrates robotic system’s capabilities against intrusion threats


ECA Group has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of its robotic system that is designed to protect port and coastal areas from intrusion threats.

During the demonstration conducted in the Toulon area, south of France, the unmanned solution was controlled and supervised from an onshore centralised command and control centre.

Based on unmanned surface vehicle (USV) Inspector Mk2 and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) IT180-60, the mobile system has the ability to detect, track and interdict potentially dangerous air, sea and undersea threats like malicious UAVs, terrorist fast attack boats or divers.

The USV Inspector MK2 is a multipurpose drone platform that is based on hydrojet propulsion and it can be operated in autonomous mode, remoted control or on-board steering.

ECA Group’s UAV IT180-60 is a mini long endurance electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV that can carry multiple payloads and perform a wide range of missions, both for civilian and military needs.

Dedicated to homeland and security missions, the robotic system can be installed stand alone or integrated in a more complex system for global maritime critical infrastructure protection, ECA stated.

The live demonstration involved a simulated intruder that managed to reach the area under surveillance by the USV Inspector and the UAV IT180.

The threat detected during the demonstration was forced to leave the area by means of inoffensive but effective non-lethal weapons, the company said.


Image: ECA Group’s robotic system can be installed stand alone or integrated in a more complex system for global maritime critical infrastructure protection. Photo: © ECA GROUP.