Protector is a 9 meter rigid hull inflatable USV built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The craft carries a TOPLITE electro-optic surveillance and targeting system and is armed with a Mini Typhoon remote-controlled weapon station, carrying either a .50 cal or 7.62 mm machine gun or 40 mm grenade launcher. Ten of the 9 meter Protectors have been built.
In October 2012, Rafael publically unveiled an 11 meter variant of the USV at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris, France. The larger USV has been operational with an undisclosed customer for more than a year and features a water cannon, the Spotlight-N multi-sensor EO image system, and Spike LR missiles. Ten 11m Protectors were built.
Protector has reportedly been deployed by Israel off Gaza during the 2009 and 2012 wars with Hamas.
30 October 2012 - In depth analysis on the the U.S. Navy's recent testing of Rafael's Protector Unmanned Surface Vehicle.
Video of Protector USV operations off Israel's Coast.
October 2012 - U.S. Navy Protector test firing Spike ER Missiles.