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Larsen & Toubro (L&T), a prominent Indian private sector conglomerate, showcased its indigenously developed unmanned surface vessel (USV) named “Vega” to the Defence Secretary, Shri Giridhar Aramane. The unveiling took place at L&T’s state-of-the-art shipyard in Kattuppalli, where the Defence Secretary witnessed a demonstration of the USV’s capabilities.

The Vega USV boasts a unique operational flexibility, functioning in fully autonomous, semi-autonomous, and remote-controlled modes. This versatility allows the system to be interfaced with existing vessels, effectively transforming them into unmanned platforms.

The USV is designed for a wide range of missions, including Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Mine Countermeasures (MCM), force protection, and coastal security applications.

The ability to operate autonomously or with varying degrees of human control makes Vega a valuable asset for various maritime operations. Here’s a breakdown of its potential applications:

  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR): Vega can be deployed for long-duration surveillance missions, gathering critical data without endangering personnel.
  • Mine Countermeasures (MCM): The USV can be equipped with mine detection and disposal equipment, enabling safe identification and elimination of underwater threats.
  • Force Protection: Vega’s unmanned nature makes it ideal for patrolling and safeguarding sensitive maritime assets and installations.
  • Coastal Security: The USV can be employed for monitoring coastlines, deterring illegal activities, and enhancing overall maritime domain awareness.

L&T’s development of the Vega USV signifies a significant advancement in India’s indigenous defense capabilities. The USV’s versatility and potential applications address the growing need for unmanned technologies in modern maritime security operations.

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