Following a successful demo of the MANTAS X-Class and Expeditionary Class USVs at the Port of Tampa Bay, Romeo Papa Boats procures their first MANTAS USVs from Maritime Tactical Systems, Inc.
including the first Expeditionary Class MANTAS Devil Ray T24 to support their coastal surveying projects.
Melbourne, FL— On 2021/02/08, Maritime Tactical Systems, Inc. (MARTAC), an innovator in Maritime Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and Romeo Papa Boats (Romeo Papa), a provider of workboat solutions for over 30 years to commercial and military customers announced the initial procurement of MANTAS Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) to enhance their coastal and littoral projects. This initial procurement is to deliver one (1) MANTAS T12 and the first Expeditionary Class MANTAS Devil Ray T24 USV to integrate within their mothership operations. By combining unmanned and manned operations Romeo Papa will lower the cost of operations versus strict manned systems by utilizing autonomous swarms of MANTAS USVs to expand coverage with a lower total cost of deployment
As part of the preliminary work for this procurement, MARTAC and Romeo Papa performed hydrographic surveying and ISR capability demonstrations at the Port of Tampa Bay last October. During these demonstrations, Romeo Papa successfully launched and deployed a swarm of MANTAS T12 USVs to perform hydrographic surveys controlled and viewed from a remote location. The MANTAS also performed low observable stealth intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in decks awash Gator mode as part of port/harbor security exercises. MARTAC was able to demonstrate the high-performance capabilities of the Expeditionary Class MANTAS with a Devil Ray T38 (11m) performing interception runs at greater than 100 knots and ship escort exercises through the port.
The results of the Port of Tampa Bay exercises led Romeo Papa to conclude that the MANTAS system is currently unique in the marketplace because of its performance and reliability characteristics. By integrating MANTAS USVs in their workboat operations, Romeo Papa is introducing a lower cost, greater coverage manned/unmanned solution for surveying, environmental missions, port/harbor security and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Stephen Ferretti, MARTAC’s CMO said “We are excited to be supplying our MANTAS T12 USV and new Expeditionary Class MANTAS Devil Ray T24 to Romeo Papa. They will be a great group to work with and are a key service provider and authorized dealer for our MANTAS Systems. We strongly feel this will provide the capabilities they need, while supporting their overall strategies to improve mission outcomes to their key markets.”
Robert Perez, President and Owner of Romeo said “The MANTAS USV, combined with our mothership is a cost-effective and efficient model to perform critical coastal operations for many different customers. Based on our boats, we see MANTAS’ performance, survivability and swarming operations giving us the capabilities to operate longer and cover more area than traditional systems. This is not another plastic “me-too” boat – it is military grade technology that can be a game changer in many different operations. Romeo Papa is excited to be the first to offer this new solution to the market.”
Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. is a key innovator in the development and manufacture of Unmanned Surface Vessels. MARTAC was founded in 2012 and offers a wide range of USV solutions to the military and commercial markets.
Romeo Papa Boats, LLC is a leading provider of commercial and military workboat services with over 30 years of experience in many different missions and environments.
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