QinetiQ North America Receives Popular Science Best of What’s New Award

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BlackfishTM Unmanned Surface Vehicle is a Leading Maritime Security Innovation

QinetiQ North America today announced that Popular Science has recognized its Blackfish Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) as a leading innovation through the Best of What’s New awards program. Blackfish is an unmanned jet ski that supports maritime security, naval special warfare and tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ports and shallow water environments such as rivers and lakes.

“For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us- those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what’s possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners- chosen from among thousands of entrants- represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

Typical maritime missions require large teams and heavy equipment that need to be available at a moment’s notice, anywhere in the world. The logistical effort required to stage these teams in strategically important, and often foreign, locations is a constant challenge. Now, many of these missions can be accomplished with a single operator and a compact unmanned vehicle. Blackfish reduces operational costs and increases safety for military and civilian government maritime teams.

“With Blackfish, we’ve brought our world-leading expertise in robotics to the maritime environment,” said QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group President JD Crouch. “Unmanned surface vehicles help protect ships and personnel in ports, monitor strategic waterways and provide important information to maritime crews in advance, before they enter hostile areas.”

Blackfish is an efficient, multi-mission platform with a bolt-on attachment design for fast, simple installation of diverse payloads including sensor suites, cameras, sonar, enhanced power systems and a range of less than lethal to lethal response systems. Blackfish can operate in both passive and active mission modes to conduct a variety of tasks from information gathering to interrogation and interdiction of threats.

The Blackfish swimmer defense payload includes sonar, underwater cameras, underwater lights and low-speed maneuvering thrusters to track swimmers. Other payloads include interdiction features such as a loud hailer intercom system, laser warning system and deployable projectiles. For product photos, videos and fact sheets, visit our Facebook page (link below).

QinetiQ North America is a world leader in robotic technology solutions that save lives in defense, security and first responder environments. For more information, please see our website http://www.qinetiq-na.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/qinetiqnarobots or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/qinetiqnarobots.

About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ North America (QNA) is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, the FTSE250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Operating in North America, QNA delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on US government and commercial customers. Its engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QNA is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For more information visit http://www.qinetiq-na.com.

Jennifer Pickett
QinetiQ North America
Technology Solutions Group
703.480.0715 (m) 703.217.7781


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