Friday, February 07, 2014
Made In Israel: The Israli Navy's New Combat Vessel
This looks to be a pretty impressive piece of gear. Made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Katana, named after a type of Samurai sword is designed to run manned or unmanned and to transition between the two in minutes. According to IAI, the Katana got its name because they wanted to emphasize the system's speed, reliability and lethal force.
Basically, it's designed to be an ultra reliable patrol vessel specially designed for coast patrol and to protect and conduct surveillance missions for offshore installations like oil oil rigs and fuel or gas pipelines.
The 39 footer is f-a-s-t, with two special diesel engines to move it at a top speed 60 knots (over 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour). They would give it the ability to run down and catch pretty much any surface craft it wants to. And it carries a multitude of SOTA weapons systems, communications and optical systems, command systems and navigation systems.
Given that the U.S. Navy is developing underwater drones, it only makes sense that Israel would come up with something like this. And I wouldn't be surprised at all to see them come up with their own underwater drones soon.
Kol Tov, IAI!