L3’s Iver4 UUV demos long-endurance capability
L3 Technologies’ Iver4 UUV has completed a long endurance mission lasting more than 14 hours in San Diego Bay, California, the company announced on 6 May.
During the transit route of over 35 nautical miles, the Iver4 UUV collected high-quality side scan sonar and bathymetry data including more than ten nautical miles of the dedicated survey.
The mission was completed with a standard nickel-metal hydride battery configuration, demonstrating the battery’s power endurance and the system efficiency of the Iver4 platform.
The Iver4 man-portable UUV, with its standard NiMH battery configuration, can operate upwards of 20 hours dependent on payload and employment. Alternate battery chemistries are available as enhancement options, including lithium-ion, which supports run times greater than 40 hours.
The UUV’s extended endurance can support a wide range of operations, including mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, extended survey and ISR.
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