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USV Vendaval

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    Main characteristics

    Missions

    Navantia has developed the USV Viento product family with a focus on fulfilling multiple mission profiles. It uses the most appropriate platform and sensors in response to any need, whether civil or military.

    Navantia offers its clients a fully comprehensive solution, not only adapting to mission requirements but also providing maintenance services throughout the product's service life.

    The USV technology developed by Navantia is integrated within comprehensive surveillance and control systems, such as Navantia's SVAP (Close Water Surveillance System).

    Mission types

    Port security and tasks

    For port and offshore platform security missions, as maintenance support for marine infrastructure, search and rescue, maritime disaster assistance, etc.

    Port security and tasks

    For port and offshore platform security missions, as maintenance support for marine infrastructure, search and rescue, maritime disaster assistance, etc.

    For port and offshore platform security missions, as maintenance support for marine infrastructure, search and rescue, maritime disaster assistance, etc.

    Environmental control and oceanographics

    Environmental control and oceanographics

    For missions to measure a range of parameters, such as water quality, discharge detection and analysis, marine cartography support.

    Defence and security

    For missions to measure a range of parameters, such as water quality, discharge detection and analysis, marine cartography support.

    Defence and security

    For missions to combat illegal trafficking, piracy, illegal immigration, terrorism, fishing supervision, as well as military missions, such as in the field of mine warfare.

    Capacities

    The USV solution developed by Navantia is a System of Systems integrating different technologies such as Command and Control, Communications, Navigation, Positioning and Manoeuvre Control, Obstacles Detection and Collision Avoidance, etc.

    The USV Viento line provides a vessel which can be used conventionally, with remote control or automatically, and can be adapted in terms of propulsion systems and autonomy, as well as different lengths and beams. Meanwhile, its border defence and troop or people transport capacities can be tailored to each client's needs.

     

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    Manned

    The operator controls the USV via a joystick, from on board the vessel itself or a remote control centre. It can be used in medium- and high-speed navigation mode and in low-speed manoeuvre mode.

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    Semi-automatic

    The USV is controlled by sending speed and course instructions from the USV itself or from the remote control centre.

    3

    Automatic

    The remote control centre defines the mission and a set of way-points marking the route to be followed by the USV. The system is capable of saving and executing a mission. It offers Click&Go, homecoming function and docking and undocking.

    Technical data

    Capacity to perform remotely operated or programmed missions

    Automatic mooring and unmooring, without any additional action by the operator

    Automatic return to home function.

    COAS obstacles detection and collision avoidance

    Navigation system

    Communications tailored to the mission profile (4G/5G, HF, VHF, etc.)

    Positioning and manoeuvre control.

    Platform control.

    Remote control of sensors and effectors

    Remote video management

    Arrangement of integrated surveillance systems (radar, EO cameras)

    Integration of sensors and effectors/weapons required for each mission type

    C2 integration (land-based command and control system, combat system, etc.)

    Control centre for deployment of other (unmanned) airborne and/or underwater vehicles

    Cybersecurity

    Technologies

    Navantia USV family is based on a modular and scalable design, adaptable to different missions and platforms, and client requirements.

    The following value-added systems are provided by Navantia to enchance the vessel with state of the art technologies in the remote and autonomous navigation, as well as in the planning and execution of different mission:

    • Platform Control System: this system consists of a set of HW and SW tools in charge of interacting with the boat platform: sensors and actuators.
    • Positioning and Maneuver Control System: this system consists of a set of HW and SW tools in charge of the management and control of the USV operating modes, in addition to implementing the corresponding control algorithms: joystick management and control, speed control, course control, WP guidance, Click & Go, homecoming function, docking and undocking, etc.
    • Navigation System: integration and management of the navigation sensors on board. For the USV this capability is implemented in the Positioning and Maneuver Control System.
    • Communications System: integration and management of the communications equipment on board and also with the remote control station.
    • Obstacle Detection and Collision Avoidance System (COAS): in autonomous operation mode this system provides the necessary capabilities for obstacle detection and collision avoidance, supported by a set of HW and SW tools.
    • Guidance System: in autonomous operation mode this system provides the necessary capabilities for route planning and tracking, according to optimized algorithms and processes.
    • Command and Control System (C2): this system consists of a set of HW and SW tools that provide the necessary capabilities for the mission planning, monitoring, execution and evaluation, by integrating and monitoring on board sensors and effectors. Beyond enabling the integration with ashore or mothership command and control system.

    USV Vendaval

    The Navantia USV Vendaval is the first unmanned surface vehicle sold and operated on real-life missions in Spain.

    The USV is not a concept or development but a real product in operation since 2019 at the port of Ceuta for surveillance and environmental monitoring missions, integrated within the Navantia SVAP (Close Water Surveillance System).

    Aside from the sensors required for autonomous sailing, the USV Vendaval is also fitted with specific sensors such as a fluorimeter and weather station, as well as a tow hook, flare launcher, fluorescein water marker, liferaft launcher, etc. (all of which can be operated by remote control).

    It is unsinkable, and features an aluminium hull capable of withstanding high temperatures. It is also equipped with a deck which self-empties by gravity, a refrigerated cabin for two crew members and an interior navigation console fitted with controls for all the vessel's sensors, effectors and processors, as well as its communications equipment and propulsion system.

    The Vendaval has proved an effective tool in protecting the waters around the port of Ceuta. It provides high availability with minimal response time, delivers operability during adverse sea conditions, and eliminates human risk.

     

     

    A fully operational vehicle

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