The Royal Navy requires a LIDAR system capable of enhancing the situational awareness and collision avoidance of Uncrewed Surface Vessels.
The total budget for the purchase, including optional items, is £375,000.00. It is also noted that the system must be available for delivery prior to 20th March 2022.
According to a tender notice:
“Navy X requires an LIDAR system, capable of enhancing the situational awareness and collision avoidance of USV’s. Any candidate LIDAR needs to be open interfacing and have the ability to be integrated into existing navigational and anti-collision algorithms/behaviours.
The package should enhance the distance, accuracy or speed at which these behaviours can be executed. There should also be consideration for the relationship between data availability and the bandwidth between the ground control station and existing and future NavyX USV’s.”
All data should be processed onboard and have the ability tobe transmitted live, by line of sight and beyond line of sight communications. Also, the sensor system should have minimum range of 10m, hosted 2m above the water line.
It is understood that the system will initially be housed on MADFOX, shown below.
What is LIDAR?
Lidar — Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth.