Saab Seaye, a manufacturer of electric powered Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) systems, hosted an international group of mine countermeasures specialists at its Fareham, Hampshire, UK facility.
The group, that included the Deputy Director of The NATO Underwater Research Centre, saw a range of existing and newly developed underwater robotic vehicles used in searching for, disarming and neutralising mines and waterborne IEDs.
The robotic vehicles are designed to work remotely to reduce the risk towards mine disposal personnel at sea and in waterways.
Agneta Kammeby, Head of Saab Underwater Systems, said: “It was an opportunity for specialists in the field to share the company’s vision for mine countermeasures and the challenging aspects of maritime defence.”
The range of vehicles on view included the Sea Wasp, designed for disposal of underwater IEDs; MuMNS, a multi-shot mine neutralisation system; the AUV 62 MR, a mine reconnaissance AUV; SAROV, a mine-countermeasure AUV/ROV; and the Leopard – which Saab claims to be the world’s most powerful compact electric work ROV.
According to Saab, these solutions have been created by combining technology from both, Saab Seaeye’s commercial and defence underwater systems.