SEA-KIT secures first USV export deal


SEA-KIT International recently announced its first Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) export sale to ThayerMahan, a leader in autonomous maritime solutions based in Connecticut.
“We are always striving to improve the efficiency of maritime domain awareness and to keep people safe,” said Mike Connor, ThayerMahan president and CEO. “SEA-KIT’s flexible payload design enables us to host multiple, sophisticated maritime sensing systems onboard, which in turn will support ThayerMahan to continue leading the field of remote and autonomous mobile acoustic sensing and sense making.”

SEA-KIT International has secured its first export deal with an order from ThayerMahan. (Courtesy: SEA-KIT)

“We envisage that the introduction of this hi-tech USV to our portfolio will enhance the protection of ports and vessels at sea as well as have a positive impact on illicit trafficking across international borders,” Connor said.

ThayerMahan is a provider of remote and autonomous maritime sensing systems for government, industry, and academia. The company plans to use the SEA-KIT USV to support introduction of the technology into government service, as well as for its own commercial activities in U.S. and international waters.

“This U.S. export deal marks a significant milestone in the company’s journey so far,” said SEA-KIT CEO Ben Simpson. “The U.K. is forging a leadership stance in Maritime Autonomous Systems innovation, and we are proud to be part of that. We look forward to a fruitful, ongoing partnership with ThayerMahan and to supporting their current and future maritime domain awareness goals.”

ThayerMahan is set to take delivery of the latest 12-meter SEA-KIT X-Class design in spring 2023, with plans for it to enter operation over the summer.

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