A9-M secures new NATO customer
ECA Group's A9-M autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has been selected by an unnamed NATO navy for maritime mine countermeasure (MCM) operations, the company announced on 2 June.
The 70kg A9-M AUV is designed to be deployed and operated from rigid hull inflatable boats by two operators, or directly from larger vessels. With an endurance of up to 20 hours, the AUV can operate in strong currents and high tide environments without degradation of its side scan sonar image quality.
The A9-M is used to identify mine-like objects in underwater MCM operations. The system's acoustic and magnetic signatures are minimised in order not to trigger underwater mines when operating in a minefield.
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