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Saab announces AUV62 underwater vehicle order

30th May 2013 - 14:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab will supply AUV62 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems to an unnamed customer following the announcement of a new contract on 30 May. The order is for the AUV62 systems to be delivered in a training configuration.

According to the company, the customer will use the AUVs as training target for Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) training.

The AUV62 is equipped with an acoustic payload that mimics a submarine in a way that is compatible with any torpedo- and sonar system on the market today, with the system fully replacing the use of a submarine in the role as a manoeuvring training target. This makes the AUV62 an advanced, capable and cost-effective tool for training naval ASW forces.

Equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) payload it is also an efficient system for mine search, reconnaissance and seabed mapping.

Görgen Johansson, senior vice president and head of business area dynamics, Saab, said: ‘The AUV62 is a competent and advanced system that will enhance and strengthen the customer’s underwater capabilities. We are of course very satisfied to have been able to secure yet another order for the system.’

The order has a total value of $22 million and system deliveries will take place during 2014. No further contract details have been released.

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