The Israeli Navy deployed its Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) equipped Seagull in an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise.
According to Elbit external link, the Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) systems have superior mine counter measures (MCM) capability. The Seagull facilitates end-to-end mind hunting operations, including detection, classification, location, identification and neutralization of bottom, moored and drifting sea mines while taking the sailor out of the mine field.
The HELRAS is a naval helicopter undersea sensor that can detect submarines up to 12 kilometers. A HELRAS dipping sonar was recently converted for operation onboard the Seagull. The exercise, which was conducted together with the Hellenic Navy, demonstrated that operating a dipping sonar onboard such a vessel significantly increases the operational working time while substantially enhancing detection capabilities and the effectiveness of Anti-Submarine Warfare.