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ECA demos AUV for mine countermeasures

24th April 2016 - 12:23 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


ECA Group has successfully demonstrated the operational effectiveness of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) A9-M for mine-warfare operations, the company announced on 20 April.

As part of the demonstration - requested by an unspecified navy - the A9-M carried out various tasks of localisation, classification and detection of different dummy mines placed at unknown positions. Following the demonstration, ECA used the Triton Imaging MCM Suite for sea mapping and target management to report the seafloor mapping results.

During the mission, the A9-M achieved an endurance of over ten hours and showcased its low magnetic/acoustic signatures and level of navigation accuracy and platform stability.

Designed initially for French clearance divers, the A9-M is operated by several navies. The A9 forms part of ECA Group’s mine warfare robotic solutions and is combined with the company's K-STER C vehicle for mine neutralisation and SeaScan Mk2 for target inspection.

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