Friday, December 09, 2011

While it looks like a toy boat, the 6-foot vessel streaks across the water at more than 100 mph, carrying video cameras and sensors or a weapon.

And it’s bulletproof.

The speedboat, designed in the shape of an ocean racer, has two electric motors about the size of soda cans that generate 15 horsepower. It’s called MANTAS, for Man-portable, Tactical Autonomous System. And a Palm Bay company hopes to sell them to the military.

“These things fly across the water,” said Bruce Hanson, chief executive officer for The Software Specialists, which created the experimental vessel...