Following a successful completion of a three-month pilot study of the MANTAS T12, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a procurement of five (5) MANTAS T12 craft, sensors, spares and support equipment to Maritime Tactical Systems, Inc.
Melbourne, FL— On 2020/01/29, Maritime Tactical Systems, Inc. (MARTAC), an innovator in Maritime Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), received notification from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) of a contract award for the procurement of GBP1.8million (USD2.4million) to deliver five (5) MANTAS T12 craft plus integrated sensors, spares, support equipment, training and technical support. As part of the preliminary work for this award, jHUB,, the London based innovation center for JFC, conducted a market survey to qualify the availability of COTS/MOTS products that would support the idea that low observable USVs have utility for discrete maritime operations. Initial research revealed only one available product, the MANTAS T12 which had a proven track record and met the need.
Following the completion of the market survey, a successful pilot contract was initiated by jHUB in February 2019 in which one COTS MANTAS T12 craft was leased for extended testing and suitability.
The results of the MANTAS T12 testing led to the MoD conclusion that the MANTAS system is currently unique in the market place because of its proven low observability in radar cross section, thermal and noise signatures.. A second major differentiating feature is its unique capability to semi-submerge on demand to a near neutral buoyancy (“Gator” Mode) thereby reducing its visible signature significantly. These combined unique features and capabilities, coupled with the MANTAS component and payload modularity and easy-to-use command and control ground station, made it a complete COTS-based TRL9 system,, a critical factor in the decision for sole-source purchasing.
Bruce Hanson, MARTAC’s CEO said “We are excited to be supplying our MANTAS T12 USVs to the Royal Navy and the UK Strategic Command. They will be a great group to work with and will provide significant input on how the craft design can be even further improved. We strongly feel this will provide the capabilities they need, while supporting their overall strategies.”
Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. is a key innovator in the development and manufacture of Unmanned Maritime Surface Vessels. MARTAC was founded in 2012 and offers a wide range of USV solutions to the military and commercial markets.
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