Written by: Alex Jenkins
On: 25 Mar 2019
Category: General Hardware Security Technology Unmanned Surface
Since its initial inception in 2013, the race to perfect and implement the technology behind remote Unmanned Surface Vehicle Technology (USV) in the UAE has become both fast and furious. However, the wait appears to be over. This past February, Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company, a leading UAE based maritime company, displayed its latest in USV technologies at the NAVDEX 2019.
The event, which took place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), gave attendees a sneak peek at the latest innovations and developments behind Remote Control USV Technology. In accordance with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, the company, working in partnership with key industry players, exhibited its state of the art innovations at the show.
Announced in 2010, the Abu Dhabi Government announced its long-term vision to transform the emirate’s economy. The goal of Economic Vision 2030 is to reduce economic reliance on oil resources while simultaneously shifting economic growth factors to the knowledge-based industries of the future (i.e. IT, IoT, AI, etc.).
According to the Official Portal of the UAE Government, the plan strives to:
Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV), also referred to as Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), are maritime vessels that operate on the water surface without a manned crew. That’s right, USV are remotely controlled! Additionally, they can be operated from both land or on board another vessel.
There are many practical applications and benefits to USV technology, to include:
USV are stable, fast, stealthy, and highly manoeuvrable. Traditionally, their main military application is to act as a maritime mobile target for military training and to test their defence systems. Other capabilities and benefits include:
According to Business Wire, The Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics in the Defense industry market, was valued at 39.22 billion USD in 2018. Additionally, the USV market is projected to grow to a value of $61 USD billion by 2027. The cumulative market for global expenditure on AI & Robotics Defense Systems is valued at $487 billion USD during the same forecast period.
Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. As a result, shipping remains at the heart of global commerce. Coupled with the renewable energy resources of the sea (i.e. wind and water), the USV market is not only practical but also promising. As a growing market, USV offers great opportunities to countries and companies looking to position themselves as global leaders and thanks to programs such as Economic Vision 2030, the UAE is poised to become a global leader in the industry