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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