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Swiftships has developed many variants of our Fast Supply Vessels (FSVs), not only for autonomy, but also for minimally manned or remote operations of the craft.

Our 205 ft FSV, is a prime example of leveraging skills and technologies to make multi-mission platforms. When outfitted with missile defense, mission modules, UUV and UAV’s spoke or launching and retrieval capabilities, this relatively medium size vessel can accomplish many missions simultaneously, such as surface and underwater warfare. 

The mission modules allow an added aspect, to provide larger missile defense capabilities and high-level surveillance radars, which generally cannot be outfitted on smaller vessels. Highly accurate EO/IR/LD can also be included on the platform as part of the mission modules to enable support to aircraft in their missions to destroy threats. The RHIB’s can also be deployed in a USV or mine hunting configuration to engage threats away from the mothership and prevent any damage to the unmanned platform. 

This can all be accomplished, while the platform is in an unmanned configuration with no loss of life. The existing vessel, with slight modifications, and the current DP system will allow for spoke capability or launch and retrieval of Scaneagle or similar UAV’s.  USV’s can also be launched for underwater surveillance.  RHIB’s (USV) can be deployed and controlled from either the vessel or shore command base.  Range and endurance are 9000 NM and 60-90 days in an unmanned or semi-manned configuration.  Refueling At Sea (RAS) system is also provided for fleet support.  Minimum semi-manned crew is five (5) persons.

The integration of autonomous modifications allow the vessel to perform the same missions listed above but in an autonomous state for up to 60 days.  The autonomous operations include normal shipboard maintenance and operational functions.  This includes fuel and oil filter changes or rotation, automated valve control and remote/auto power distribution control.  Other functions included are anti-collision and anti-boarding capability.

'Risen Sun' - 200ft, Proven Hull Conversion
Why Swiftships?
'Risen Sun' - 200ft, Proven Hull Conversion

This can all be accomplished, while the platform is in an unmanned configuration with no loss of life. The existing vessel, with slight modifications, and the current DP system will allow for spoke capability or launch and retrieval of Scaneagle or similar UAV’s.  USV’s can also be launched for underwater surveillance.  RHIB’s (USV) can be deployed and controlled from either the vessel or shore command base.  Range and endurance are 9000 NM and 60-90 days in an unmanned or semi-manned configuration.  Refueling At Sea (RAS) system is also provided for fleet support.  Minimum semi-manned crew is five (5) persons.

The integration of autonomous modifications allow the vessel to perform the same missions listed above but in an autonomous state for up to 60 days.  The autonomous operations include normal shipboard maintenance and operational functions.  This includes fuel and oil filter changes or rotation, automated valve control and remote/auto power distribution control.  Other functions included are anti-collision and anti-boarding capability.

Why Swiftships?

We are a shipbuilder that brings a unique advantage and needed capabilities into the unmanned surface vehicles evolution. Our expertise is practical—we understand the way vessels operate at sea and we understand the mission. Swiftships can retrofit current ship designs with autonomous capabilities and has the ability to build, maintain, and repair them. Together with our partners, we are working to integrate these systems into our vessels with proven hulls and present highly effective solutions for our military and commercial customers.

Autonomous vessel's advantages

To start with, autonomy allows for simplifying and optimizing the vessel’s design because there will be fewer requirements around the needs of the crew. This leads to…

•  Improved overall efficiency
•  More aerodynamic profile
•  Higher maneuverability
•  Easier cargo loading and more capacity
•  Cheaper superstructure
•  Reduced maintenance costs

Autonomy also allows for reduced human error, which…

•  Brings down the costs related to accidents and insurance, 95% of which are related to human error
•  Eliminates risks of crew injuries, death, or capture onboard
•  Increases success of long duration and dangerous missions that highly depend on the physical endurance of onboard crew

Autonomous vessel's advantages

Autonomous vessel's advantages

To start with, autonomy allows for simplifying and optimizing the vessel’s design because there will be fewer requirements around the needs of the crew. This leads to…

•  Improved overall efficiency
•  More aerodynamic profile
•  Higher maneuverability
•  Easier cargo loading and more capacity
•  Cheaper superstructure
•  Reduced maintenance costs

Autonomy also allows for reduced human error, which…

•  Brings down the costs related to accidents and insurance, 95% of which are related to human error
•  Eliminates risks of crew injuries, death, or capture onboard
•  Increases success of long duration and dangerous missions that highly depend on the physical endurance of onboard crew

Autonomous vessel's advantages

Autonomous vessel's advantages

Other advantages of unmanned solutions include…

•  Better and faster decisions as autonomy enables man-machine teaming
•  Difficulty of detecting and defeating USVs
•  Reduced or eliminated piracy without human crews to leverage
•  Seamless connections with other modes of transport and hull-to-hull enabling
•  Smaller unmanned vessels can extend the operational reach of big naval ships

Autonomous solutions are already highly used for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance, mine counter measures, military training, and tests. We also see unmanned systems applied in maritime security, anti-submarine warfare, drug interdictions, launch, and recovery of host platforms. With the evolution of USVs the application will grow even further for offensive and defensive missions.