August 28, 2020

CyberBoat-330 Is A Surprising Russia-Iran Collaboration On A Robot For Shallow Seas

Featuring Samuel Bendett

Source: Forbes

Journalist Kelsey D. Atherton

Great swaths of the Caspian Sea are shallow waters, too small for vessels with a deep draft to navigate or patrol. Bordered by Russia on the north and Iran on the south, the challenges of patrolling this largest inland lake has led to a surprising technical collaboration: the “CyberBoat-330,” a small autonomous robotic craft.

The vehicle was demonstrated at the Army 2020 Exhibition in Russia. Built by St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, the craft was designed to specifications from Iranian colleagues. Weighing in at 1,100 pounds, the craft only has a draft of just over a foot, allowing it to easily skim the surface of shallow stretches.

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Authors

  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA's Adversary Analysis Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a N...