B7X: The Middle East’s First Dual-Use USV Model

By: | December 28th, 2017

B7X by Al Marakeb

Al Marakeb

Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company, a leading United Arab Emirates-based maritime company building high-performance glass reinforced plastic and marine autonomous vessels, has revealed the launch of its latest offering, the B7X. The new model, which can be utilized for both manned and unmanned operations, is also being dubbed as the world’s first-ever mass-produced dual-use USV (unmanned surface vehicle) made available for commercial purposes.

The B7X, along with Al Marakeb’s other models, are all manufactured, assembled, integrated, and tested in the United Arab Emirates. Designed and developed with a high-end autonomous control system, the B7X can be used for a wide variety of potential defense and civil applications, including vessel monitoring, law enforcement, automated commercial transportation, search and rescue, and surveillance, to name a few.

The new USV model comes equipped with a MAP Pro conversion kit, a technology that is created by MAP Marine Technologies, leading maritime autonomy experts and a subsidiary of Al Marakeb. MAP Pro converts regular manned vessels to unmanned models — allowing the boat to be driven as a regular vessel or be operated remotely from a ground control station. The B7X is highly capable of autonomous mission execution and also features a collision avoidance alert system that utilizes radar, AIS, and EO/IR situational awareness feedback. Moreover, the boat can be monitored and controlled from across various points on the globe through the MAP global network and can operate for 48 hours straight before refueling.

The B7X measures 8.2 meters in length with a beam of 2.2 meters. The vessel has a dry weight of 3,000 kilograms and has a fuel capacity of 450 liters. The B7X can run up to a maximum speed of 50 knots at a range of 450 nautical miles per 15 knots.

“As an Emirati company, Al Marakeb is proud to be a key player in the efforts to consolidate the U.A.E.’s position as a global maritime hub. The launch of the B7X further demonstrates the country’s commitment to becoming a leading proponent of unmanned technologies,” said Nour Al Sayyed, Director of Operations, Al Marakeb. “This pioneering USV unit reflects our strong attention to technology, craftsmanship, and service, while also looking to meet what our customer’s want, especially through safety, quality, cost, and delivery. Aside from the B7X, Al Marakeb actively seeks to become a lead player in the UAE’s pursuit in the successful integration of autonomous technologies across the emirates — whether on land, air or at sea — giving importance to the unified effort to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in UAE Vision 2021.”

Press release from Trade Arabia.

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