Teledyne participates in Iceland’s EOD exercise
Teledyne Gavia and Teledyne SeaBotix have participated in exercise Northern Challenge 2017 in Iceland - an annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) multinational exercise that supports NATO‘s Defence Against Terrorism programme.
The exercise is focused on preparing countries enrolled in NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme for international deployments and defence against terrorism.
This year’s participating nations included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US.
During the exercise, 30 groups were assigned EOD-focused tasks, based on realistic scenarios. The Icelandic Coast Guard EOD team used a Gavia AUV and SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV to identify potential threats in one of two harbours used for the exercises.
The SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV was equipped with a Teledyne Bowtech camera and lights for visual inspection, imaging sonar for long-range target finding in low water visibility, a Teledyne RDI Doppler Velocity Log and automated navigation package to reduce operator fatigue and a grabber with two degrees of freedom for manipulation.
Teledyne operators operated the vehicles, with the AUV’s main task involving change detection and locating foreign objects with its high-resolution side scan sonar. The ROV’s role was to use high definition video to confirm contacts that could be possible IEDs.
The Gavia AUV and SeaBotix ROV are currently in use with many NATO groups. A typical mine countermeasure Gavia AUV is equipped with an Edgetech 2205 side scan sonar, Teledyne Blueview MB-2250 for gapfill and target identification, a camera; and uses an iXBlue DVL-aided INS.
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