Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company, a leading UAE based maritime company building high-performance vessels and Autonomous Systems Providers, displayed its latest in USV technologies at the NAVDEX 2019 which took place from 17-21 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
In accordance with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 focused towards strengthening the economy and the defense sector, the company, working in partnership with key industry players exhibited its state of the art innovations at the show.
Al Marakeb hosted a live demonstration of AHM13USV, an armed 13m USV, a byproduct of a recent collaboration with long standing Emirati boat builder Al Hareb Marine for visitors to experience maritime technology first hand. The shipping container on display at Al Marakeb’s stand hosted a Command and Control station to operate the 13 m vessel situated at Ghantoot 70 km away of ADNEC. The vessel was remotely controlled by the C2-20 Command & Control Station at NAVDEX using MAP Pro Autonomous Technology.
For the live demonstration, the MAP Pro system relays engine diagnostics, route management, a live camera feed, a radar screens and an obstacle warning alarm in real-time. Most notably, the system showcased live operation of the STAMP gun that is mounted on the vessel, and is provided through an ongoing alliance with IGG ASELSAN and Al Marakeb on several opportunities to date.
“Al Marakeb’s participation at this year’s NAVDEX serves to demonstrate the true power of working together with leading forces to combine technologies that ultimately place the UAE in the global arena for Unmanned Technologies. Our display at NAVDEX is a prime example of our company’s innovative culture which thrives on excellence and diversity. Collaborating with key industry players reflects our vision to upgrade defense technology and highlights our efforts towards implementing latest innovations in the USV market,” said Nour Al Sayyed, Chief Operating Officer, Al Marakeb.
The company also presented the AHM11USV, a new 11m addition to its fleet, making a debut at NAVDEX. The USV is comprised of the boat and propulsion system, the patented MAP Pro autonomous conversion kit and the rocket launcher-MILAS by IGG Aselsan.
The LMM Missile Launching System (MILAS) developed for defense against surface and aerial threats; is a customized solution for different naval platforms such as fast interceptor crafts, patrol boats and corvettes.
Research shows that defense related projects account for an estimated 60% of overall activity in the Middle East, with naval systems, surveillance radars and communications being of high importance. Thus, the defense market is pivotal to the region’s future economic success. Displaying a decade of expertise, Al Marakeb has shown remarkable growth in the sector serving clients both regionally and internationally with its global reach.
Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company is a leading UAE based maritime company building high-performance Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) and marine autopilot vessels.
Established in 2007, the company boasts of a decade of experience and expertise in the creation of high-performance GRP vessels as well as marine autopilots and USV solutions - under its MAP Tech division - for numerous civil and defense applications.
Al Marakeb’s client base is composed of regional and global customers -- with branches spread out across the Asian-Pacific region and representatives in Africa, Europe and USA. The company has also recently signed with a reputable global distributor for its marine electronics products.