Technologically very advanced, sustainable, autonomous and operationally flexible. These qualifications will apply to new unmanned vessels for maritime operations in about 4 years. Defense and Dutch Naval Design are joining forces to develop this so-called unmanned surface vessel (USV). Both parties recorded this contractually the day before yesterday.

The 12 meter long innovative vessels are crucial for anti-submarine warfare. They will therefore do their work from the Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates that will be delivered around 2030. The current frigates carry a helicopter for anti-submarine warfare. Soon, this device will no longer have to perform this task alone. The USV can do it too.

They are able to perform operations for longer periods of time. In combination with unique sonar equipment, this represents an important advance in the fight against enemy submarines.

Head of the Maritime Systems Department, Captain Olaf Binnenhei, calls the contract a milestone. “It represents significant progress for Dutch and international maritime security. By joining forces, we are taking a big step forward in protecting our waters using the latest technologies.”

Dutch Naval Design is a collaboration of maritime defense experts from industry and academia.