Serco has been working alongside QinetiQ and Saab to carry out a new set of trials for the Saab AUV-62, an autonomous Unmanned Underwater Vehicle based training system.
The trials appear to have lead to orders, last month Saab received an order to provide the Royal Navy with the AUV62-AT anti-submarine warfare training system.
According to a press release:
“The aim of the recent trials of the heavy weight torpedo sized Saab AUV-62 was for the Royal Navy to determine whether it was possible to use the system without putting sea boats into the water to launch or recover the UAV.
Rob Hales, Serco’s Director of Maritime Services, said:
“The maritime expertise available from Serco’s team at BUTEC and particularly the crew of SD Raasay was absolutely key in developing safe and reliable techniques to launch and recover this one ton autonomous system in a wide variety of sea states and weather conditions. Whilst benign weather operations posed few challenges for our experienced teams, the Royal Navy’s requirement for operations in all weathers and overnight was very demanding. We are very pleased that initial indications from the Royal Navy have been that they were very impressed by both the performance of the system, and how Serco’s teams helped deliver it.”
The AUV62-AT acts as a training target that can emulate a submarine. The firm describe the system as follows:
“The AUV62-AT is flexible, adaptable and can operate in several different modes, enabling it to comply with various sets of training regulations. It can generate realistic submarine noises and echoes, which are transmitted at a precise target strength and over clearly defined distances.
The payload module of the AUV62-AT includes a transducer tail, which mirrors the physical properties of a submarine so as to provide realistic training, including ASW torpedo firing. The tail incorporates transmitting and receiving transducers, so that training personnel can perform onboard analysis of the location of active sonars or attacking torpedoes. Capable of deceiving any torpedo homing system, the AUV62-AT’s tail system provides forces with a highly qualified tactical training target.”