IDEX 2017: Al Marakeb Promotes its Marine Technologies and Unmanned Capabilities at NAVDEX

IDEX 2017: Al Marakeb Promotes its Marine Technologies and Unmanned Capabilities at NAVDEX
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Donia Al-Watan
Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company has announced its participation in the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) 2017 held from 19 – 23 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

In a statement announcing its participation in the largest defense exhibition of the world, Al Marakeb said it will be introducing MAP-Tech: a division that is dedicated to autonomous and marine navigation solutions and showcasing these divisions products: The Ground Control Station (GCS), the 10m unmanned surface vehicle (USV) B10, and will present demonstrations of a Marine Autopilot, MAP. Meanwhile, CEO Basel Shuhaiber and Business Development Manager David Dubois plan to meet with partners and investors at the five-day long event.

David Dubois stated, “We are pleased to showcase the MAP Marine Technologies in IDEX 2017. This division within Al Marakeb is rooted extensively from our years of expertise in manufacturing unmanned surface vessels and target boat systems and our continuous efforts to create innovations in the USV market. “

The leading UAE-based company will place a particular emphasis on the advanced MAP Pro, a marine navigation solution, the only one of its kind in the market that features the throttle control among other unique characteristics, which permits the conversion of a manned boat to an unmanned boat. MAP Pro was launched in the wake of a reported boom in the USV market and is the definition of modern innovation and technology. Also on display is MAP, a marine autopilot device that is controlled by an application that allows users to navigate a marine vessel via an application through a hand-held device.

The state-of-the-art devices are user friendly, easy to install and can be integrated and configured with any vessel of any size to navigate a course that is wholly predetermined by the pilot and can be used for both commercial and maritime defense applications. Visitors will experience the efficiency of the devices through live demonstrations at NAVDEX.

The pavilion also includes the Ground Control Station (GCS) a fully functioning room for the purpose of operation controls of an unmanned boat or fleet, built within a 20 feet container and the B10, a 10-meter unmanned surface vessel. The boat maintains its competitive edge in the market with its wide variety of features that can include- a 3 level bracket radar, Autopilot, GPS, Generator, Power Converters, Driving camera, Long Range Acoustic Device, Navigation Lights, Anchor Light, Bilge Pumps and more. The powerful vessel also boasts an omni directional antenna, a mobile ground station and data links.

“We’ve participated in the IDEX/UMEX events in the past and have always sprung forward from said involvement. We look forward to NAVDEX and its outcomes”, said Nour Al Sayyed, the Director of Operations of MAP- Tech/ Al Marakeb.