News and Announcements

  • 09 - 13 October 2017 – Camp Lejeune, NC – Navy and Marine Corps’ Bold Alligator 17 International Amphibious Exercise
    MARTAC participated in the Navy and Marine Corps’ Bold Alligator 17 International Amphibious Exercise in Camp Lejeune, NC in October 2017. Bold Alligator is Marine Corp’s East Coast premiere amphibious force training exercise.

    MARTAC once again joined forces with our autonomy partner Spatial Integrated Systems, Inc. (SIS) during the exercise to demonstrate remote multi-craft (ISR/Swarm) operations. Once all USV's were in position on the ICW near Camp Lejeune, control was given to the SIS/Bold Aligator Command Center at NAVSTA Norfolk, VA. Multiple MANTAS USV's, along with DOD’s unmanned SeaMob RHIB and "Alligator Alice" craft, were successfully navigated as a “swarm” under the control of the remote command center. Further autonomous capability demonstrations included the remote launch of a MANTAS from the unmanned SeaMob. T12.2 was also manually launched from the bow ramp of Aligator Alice and subsequently controlled by the command center in Norfolk. As a result, Bold Alligator is the first validated performance of this type of joint autonomous technology in a military exercise.

    Multi Sensor operations were also a critical capability required by Bold Alligator. To meet this requirement T12.2 was configured with both a SEAFlir 230 EO/IR camera and a Teledyne BlueView sonar. Video feeds from both sensors were simultaneously streamed back to the Bold Alligator remote command center.

    MANTAS T12.2 Sensors

    • Gyro Stabilized SeaFLIR 230 EO/IR Marinized PTZ Camera
    • Teledyne BlueView M900 Forward Looking Sonar

    MANTAS T6.2 Sensors

    • Fixed FLIR Duo EO/IR Camera

    Event Milestones

    • Remote Controlled Launch of T6.2 from unmanned SeaMob RHIB by command center Norfolk, VA, 200 miles from operating area near Camp Lejune, NC.
    • Remote Control of T12.2 from Norfolk, VA using Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) technology – in formation with SeaMob and Alligator Alice
    • T12.2 simultaneously streamed real-time video from both the FLIR 230 camera and BlueView M900 sonar from Camp Lejeune to Norfolk, VA
    • T6.2 streamed realtime video from Camp Lejeune to Norfolk, VA

  • 11 - 15 September 2017 – San Diego, CA – Navy Harbor Security Exercise, Citadel Protect
    MARTAC was invited to demonstrate MANTAS ISR capabilities as part of CNIC's harbor security exercise, Citadel Protect.

    Collaborating with SIS, SPAWAR's Near-shore Unified Tactical Response (NUTR) System and Booz Allen Hamilton, MARTAC participated in multiple ISR patrol missions. Very short staffed due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma, a skeleton crew of essential personnel overcame multiple obstacles to travel cross country to meet our commitment. A MANTAS T8.4 deployed with a FLIR M626 EO/IR PTZ camera repeatedly demonstrated a rapid response ISR capable USV to the harbor security professionals and Service Members participating in the exercise. The T8.4 was expected to autonomously station keep at a predetermined loiter location and respond, on command, to a threat in order to obtain Visual Identification (VID). Once Security Forces responded T8.4 would then maintain contact and stream video back to the command center in real time.

    Due to our reduced manpower T12.2's official unveiling to the militarty was limited to a static display. Fully functional we were able to highlight our successful integration of FLIR's SeaFLIR 230 Marinized PTZ EO/IR camera designed for Remote USV operations. To date we are the only known successful integration of the 230 where the command and control unit of the camera is remotely operated without being physically connected to the Camera/Turret.

    MARTAC is sincerely grateful to both our employees and partners who ensured our success at this event.

  • 21 June 2017 – SATELLITE BEACH, FL – MARTAC and SIS Demonstrate Remote Autonomous Formation / Swarming Maneuvers
    As part of MARTAC’s continuing effort to improve and advance the multi-craft autonomous mission performance of our MANTAS USV system, MARTAC has worked extensively with Spatial Integrated Systems, Inc. (SIS) and their SIS Autonomy System (SAS) to provide intelligent autonomous control to these extreme performance vessels. MARTAC engineers collaborated with SIS engineers to design the control interface between SAS and the MANTAS USVs. All of this work was done remotely, with the SIS team working out of their Virginia Beach, VA offices and our MANTAS team and vessels operating out of our MARTAC offices in Satellite Beach, FL.

    Once the interface was designed and thoroughly tested in simulation, the team commenced to prove the on-water operations, with SAS operating from Virginia Beach with a remote IP connection to multiple MANTAS craft operating in Florida, a distance of over 650 miles. Following the launch and stationing of four MANTAS craft, by MARTAC, using local Mission Control Consoles, control of the four vessels was transferred to SAS, which then directed them to arrange themselves into a formation for transit to a series of waypoints. During the transit, SAS optimized the route of each MANTAS to achieve both relative formation positioning and the most efficient path to the waypoint.

    There are multiple applications of this technology to the Port Security and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission sets, providing platforms that are constantly vigilant while keeping humans out of harm’s way. This type of cooperative autonomous control is completely new and revolutionary, and it allows teams of robots/drones to work together intelligently in the same manner as their human counterparts, allowing for task completion even when faced with varying environmental and physical challenges or barriers. Whether four vessels or forty, autonomous swarming is a powerful technology.

    The above effort was self-funded as part of each company’s efforts to provide field proven technology to our customers.

  • 06 April 2017 - Naval Recognition (France) Sea Air Space 2017 Online Show Coverage - MARTAC MANTAS USV
    SAS 2017: MARTAC Showcased its low-profile & extremely high speed MANTAS Mini-USV
    During the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space 2017 exposition held last week near Washington D.C., Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC) from Melbourne, FL. and their partner Booz Allen Hamilton were showcasing their MANTAS MAN-portable Tactical Autonomous Systems.

    During Sea Air Space 2017, the company conducted a live demonstration: Controlling a MANTAS USV located... miles away in Florida from their stand at the exposition near Washington DC... More information - Navy league Sea Air and Space

  • 06 April 2017 - Defence One Article selects MARTAC's MANTAS as one of the coolest drones at Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2017
    The Five Coolest Drones from America’s Biggest Naval Arms Show - Author: Patrick Tucker
    "New drones above and beneath the waves will change the way navies sail and fight in contested waters."

    If Batman had an ocean drone, it would probably look like the Man Portable Tactical Autonomous, or MANTAS, robot from Maritime Tactical Systems... More information - Navy league Sea Air and Space

  • January 2017 - Marine Technology (mt) Magazine Article on MARTAC's USV/UUV Capabilities
    Transitioning from USV to UUV - Author: Jack Rowley
    Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. (MARTAC) adds hybrid USV/UUV capability to its autonomous MANTAS USV. was recognized there there are USV missions that may require a shallow depth UUV capability and it is on those missions that we decided to initially concentrate. By setting the depth at 10m, these other USV/UUV missions could be met...Download the complete article

  • 15 December 2016 - MARTAC's Participation in RIMPAC 2016
    Pearl Harbor, HI

  • October 2016 - Marine News Article on MARTAC's Propeller Design Capabilities
    Overcoming the Propeller Supply Bottleneck - Authors: Don MacPherson and Adam Kaplan
    Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. (MARTAC) is a Florida-based company building next-generation unmanned vessels for military applications. In preparation for the “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) military exercises in Pearl Harbor this last July, MARTAC needed a new propeller design for their MANTAS series highspeed vessels. Download the complete article

  • 04 September 2016 - Article on MANTAS
    Part Time SEAL; MARTAC Maritime Autonomous Drone - Author George E. Hand
    ...It is then with a great sense of self-indulgence, that I present a relevant and state-of-the-art (etat d’art) technology in maritime surface vessel drone systems; this is where ‘we’ are at with this realm of drone technology: Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC) Man-Portable Tactical Autonomous System (MANTAS)... Open an excerpt of the complete article. Posted with permission of the author.

  • 08 July 2016 - RIMPAC/Trident Warrior: Coastal Riverine Force Gets Training on MANTAS.
    Pearl Harbor, HI - RIMPAC/Trident Warrior - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (July 8, 2016) Bruce Hanson of MARTAC, Maritime Tactical Systems, gives an overview of the Man-Portable Tactical Autonomous System (MANTAS), the next generation unmanned vehicle and control systems to Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) Three at Ford Island during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 Read More: DVIDS

  • 30 June 2016 - RIMPAC/Trident Warrior: MARTAC Supporting Multiple Events Throughout World's Largest Maritime Exercise.
    Pearl Harbor, HI - RIMPAC/Trident Warrior - The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC is hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet and executed by U.S. Third Fleet in the Hawaiian operating area. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. Read More:

  • 26 May 2016 - Military Technology Magazine, SOFIC 2016: MANTAS for Maritime ISR
    Tampa, FL - Military Technology Magazine - MARTAC Maritime Tactical Systems presents a man-portable tactical autonomous System (MANTAS) for unmanned maritime surveillance. The products shown at SOFIC are pre-series production, the system will be available from November on. There are no export restrictions, so they can be sold worldwide... Read More: Military Technology Magazine

  • 03 May 2016 - MARTAC CEO Bruce Hanson Presents at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016.
    Atlanta, GA - Improvise, Adapt, Overcome: Rapid Repurposing Drones - Historically many assets of the military were single purpose based on the objective of bringing large amounts of force, men and material to win. In the age of irregular warfare, globally distributed threats and non-state actors, solutions are needed that are smaller in scale, fast to deploy and highly adaptive to a range of missions. Unmanned technology which began as a replacement for “dull, dirty and dangerous” work can provide a new level of adaptability through “multi-purposing”. What if you had a portable drone that could transform in minutes to support dozens of missions? We will explore the possibilities. Read more: XPONENTIAL 2016

  • 13 April 2016 - MARTAC and Booze Allen Hamilton (BAH) conduct successful integration and demonstation of Undersea Power and Data Station (uPODS) at Trident Warrior
    San Diego, CA - ABC 10 News KGTV - U.S. Third Fleet worked with Maritime Tactical Systems, Inc. (MARTAC) and Booz Allen Hamilton... It is just one of 41 experiments in a program called Trident Warrior, which the Navy will test this summer Read More: Trident Warrior 2016 UPODS Experiment (ABC 10 News KGTV)

  • 29 Jan 2016 - MARTAC Delivers First Limited Run In Production (LRIP) Unit to Booz Allen Hamilton
    Melbourne, FL - MARTAC has begun our initial production phase as we transition into sales of our USV variant of MANTAS. Neil Zerbe, our Executive VP of Business Development, has been instrumental in building our relationship with Booz Allen. Moving forward, as part of this transition in to production, MARTAC is actively working with potential military/commercial maritime customers to participate in the early availability of our products.
    If you are interested in being a part of this opportunity, please contact Neil at

  • 12 Aug 2015 - MARTAC Introduces Florida's 8th District Congressman, Bill Posey, to MANTAS
    Melbourne, FL – Congressman Posey and his staff were able to participate in a hands on demonstration of MANTAS T6 USV and the TASKER C2 Suite. MARTAC was privileged to get some of the Congressman's time and insight as to the importance of keeping technology companies thriving in his district, and how important it is that his district make direct contributions to our Military capabilities. Congressman Posey's Web page

  • 04 May 2015 - MARTAC CEO Bruce Hanson Presents at AVUSI 2015, Super Track-Defense
    Atlanta, GA - Distributed Awareness: Portable Unmanned Maritime Systems. There is a drive in the military to do “more for less”. -- Advanced technologies have allowed expanded capabilities to be packaged into smaller and smaller platforms. Portable unmanned maritime systems are in their infancy, but the demand for what they offer is exploding. Unlike their airborne brethren, small maritime surface vessels have an excellent persistence profile. Similar to what PC’s are to Mainframes and cell phones are to land lines, distributed small unmanned maritime systems can be a powerful and cost effective force multiplier in today’s world. Read more: AVUSI 2015
    Presentations: MARTAC - Distributed Awareness | MANTAS - FLEX IPC

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