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Thales, ASV Develop Unmanned Minewarfare Vehicle

re-configurable Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV).

Thales UK has signed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd (ASV Ltd) to develop a re-configurable Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) to meet the challenges of future off-board Mine Countermeasures (MCM) operations. The vessel has been jointly designed to meet a number of key requirements and drivers: Deployable from military platforms, craft of opportunity and from shore/harbour Air transportable Payload flexibility for all MCM systems – unmanned underwater vehicles, towed sonar, disposal systems, minesweeping Stable platform with excellent slow speed and towing capabilities Highly reliable & cost effective   The low signature USV, which is 11.5m in length and 3.6m in beam, will have a maximum speed of around 25 knots. The vehicle is now under construction and will be undergoing acceptance trials later this year. A series of payload trials will be conducted from early 2013 onwards, drawing on experience gained in previous off-board system programmes.   ASV Ltd is a UK company and part of Global Fusion, a privately owned international marine services group. Formed in 1998, ASV Ltd provides rugged, reliable and effective unmanned systems using cutting edge marine technology from its operating base near Portsmouth.   Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV, in welcoming this contract says: “We are pleased to be developing such an advanced capability with Thales UK and are confident in the system’s performance for the wide range of

Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

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Three marine robot vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Scientists from the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are working together on this pioneering project to study how fish use these areas on a day-to-day basis. Using acoustic pingers, plaice, sole, brill and rays are being tracked at sea by the ocean robots programmed to patrol a

ROBOBOATS: Autonomous Boats Aid Maritime Security

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The theme of the 4th International RoboBoat Competition, sponsored by The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), was “The Four Elements.” Teams of students designed and built autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) that faced challenges involving earth, air, fire and water. The competition was held at The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA, June 8-12

NATO Center Tests Wave Glider in ASW Exercise

An energy-efficient robotic vehicle debuts as a communications gateway of an experimental network developed by CMRE within the Proud Manta ‘13 framework. The Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Proud Manta ‘13 (POMA ‘13), which includes participating ships and aircraft from ten NATO nations, will be held from 23 February to 6 March off the coast of Sicily. As in 2012, the 2013 POMA includes again major scientific tests during the exercise: scientists from the NATO Center

Swedish Navy Receives AUV's


During November and December 2011 the Swedish Navy received the last two of four state of-the-art AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) from the Danish company EIVA a/s. The AUVs are equipped with advanced sensors in the form of sonars and underwater cameras and they are designed to operate autonomously underwater following a mission route planned ahead. There is a multitude of purposes for which the AUVs can be used

ATLAS North America SeaFox

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The SeaFox mine neutralization system, delivered by ATLAS North America (ATLAS NA), a subsidiary of the German-based ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, once again proved its effectiveness in performing unmanned mine countermeasure missions, when participating in Trident Warrior 2012 U.S. Navy Fleet Experiment, July 9-20.   During the Fleet Experiment, Textron/AAI used its Fleet Class Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) with a L-3 Klein 5000 V2 Side Scan Sonar to investigate a suspected minefield

Deep-Sea Robot Lost at Sea

Photo courtesy Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A deep-sea exploration robot — one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships — was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, affectionately nicknamed ABE, was launched late on the night of Thursday, March 4, and had reached the seafloor to begin its 222nd research dive when, in the early hours of Friday morning

California Polytechnic Orders Second Iver2 AUV

Photo courtesy OceanServer Technology, Inc.

OceanServer Technology announced that Cal Poly has agreed to purchase a second Iver2 AUV for research purposes. The first Iver2 AUV was purchased in 2008 and has been used extensively for a variety of research applications including one project that required the vehicle to operate under the ice in the Arctic. The new vehicle will also be a multi use platform in a number of research efforts including marine life tracking (such as sharks)

Atlas Elektronik Demos New MCM Tech

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK has set a milestone in mine countermeasures (MCM) technology. With the C-IMCMS, the company has presented another first: an MCM system that operates exclusively with unmanned units. For the first time, the complete functional chain of unmanned mine countermeasures – both for minehunting and for influence sweeping – was demonstrated by means of remote-controlled or autonomous systems. The missions of all vehicles used were planned

Teledyne Completes Acquisition of RESON

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Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced today that it has completed the acquisition of RESON. RESON, headquartered in Slangerup, Denmark, provides high-resolution marine acoustic imaging and measurement solutions. The acquired company will operate under the name Teledyne RESON. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With more than 30 years of experience and approximately 1,400 RESON echosounders sold worldwide

USN Names Next LCS

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will be named USS Tulsa (LCS 16). The selection of the name honors Oklahoma’s second largest city. Tulsa will be the second, commissioned ship to bear the name

Maritime Surveillance: Autonomous and in Real-time


Conventional surveillance technologies cannot easily help to detect fast boats, which generally have small radar signatures and do not carry automatic identification systems (AIS). For this reason, the NATO STO CMRE (Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation) has addressed this problem

Autonomous Ship Project Gets Satcom Link

Photo courtesy of Inmarset

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), launched by Rolls-Royce and funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), will bring industry partners together with universities, research institutes

Next LCS to be Named USS Minneapolis/St. Paul

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will be named USS Minneapolis/St. Paul (LCS 21). The future Minneapolis/St. Paul was named to honor the citizens of Minnesota’s Twin Cities who have a long and proud history of naval

Next US Littoral Combat Ship Named Oakland

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announces the name of the Independence-class littoral combat ship LCS 24 as USS Oakland during a major league baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Oakland (LCS 24), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced August 18.   The future USS Oakland will be named to honor its namesake city’s long-standing history with the Navy

Programmed Multikopter Flies Autonomously Through Arctic

Alfred Wegener Institute programmed a Multikopter

  How do you get an aircraft in the far reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the goal, if the compass does not provide reliable location data? Engineers aboard the research icebreaker Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute programmed a Multikopter so that he can navigate near the North Pole

Robotic SAR: New ICARUS Ready by 2016

Photo Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation

  The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation played a crucial role in developing the maritime component of the ICARUS European project, including enhanced autonomy and integration between Unmanned Surface Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Industry Urged to Safeguard Against Cyber Attacks

ESC Global Security said it is set to warn the international shipping community attending this year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW) of the security risks associated with the development of the autonomous ship. In a paper entitled Phishing and Piracy on the Cyber Seas

Unique Gun Salvaged from Barents Sea

Another finding fron bottom of Kola Bay

  Divers Northern Fleet raised from the bottom of the Kola Bay, an American anti-aircraft gun, which lay there for 70 years. Earlier it was reported that the specialists of the search and rescue (UPASR) Northern Fleet (NF) completed the preparatory work in the area of the death of an

Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course

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 Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported.  Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous

Autonomous Systems Competition Enters Final Phase

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The final phase of a competition to develop novel adaptive autonomous ocean sampling network (AAOSN) management systems for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is now underway. Two UK consortia will move forward to develop systems capable of coordinating a suite of marine autonomous vehicles

Next LCS to be USS Cincinnati


  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship will be named USS Cincinnati (LCS 20). LCS 20 will be the fifth ship in naval history to be named Cincinnati with the first playing an integral part in the Civil War; the second

ASV Completes GoM Monitoring

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  ASV has collaborated with the Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM) consortium to conduct 10 days of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) data collection for its BP/Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) funded project.

ASV Performs Passive Acoustic Monitoring in GoM

Photo: ASV

 ASV informs it has collaborated with the Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM) consortium to conduct 10 days of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) data collection for its BP/Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) funded project.

Will Robots Aid Maritime Search and Rescue?


New ICARUS system ready for use from 2016  The ICARUS European project aims to develop robotic tools to assist crisis intervention teams. Playing a role in developing the maritime component of this project was NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

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