Cougar XTi selected for new supply ship
A new multi-purpose supply ship from Timsah will feature the Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater vehicle as part of its onboard systems package, Saab has announced.
The A1 class 2441 ton ship is rated for towing, fire-fighting and offshore support and includes a helicopter pad and accommodation for 60 crew.
The Cougar XTi will provide a number of capabilities including conducting observation and survey missions. The full Cougar XTi configuration package to be provided by Timsah includes a tether management system (TMS), an ‘A’ frame launch and recovery system and a 16ft long purpose-built safe area control cabin. It will be supplied with three cameras including a high definition CCD monochrome camera, a Kongsberg colour zoom camera and a mini camera for the TMS. Also included is a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar, a five-function heavy-duty manipulator and a bare tool skid.
The system is powered by six SM7 thrusters, uses an intelligent iCON control system and is rated to 3000 metres. With the ability to operate in strong currents and manoeuvre inside and around complex underwater structures, the system can undertake precision and robust tasks to meet operational requirements.
Cougar will be supported by Saab Seaeye distributor, Zone Offshore.
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