The UK is looking for a remote-controlled surface vessel able to lift a 1,000kg mass from the seabed and that can fit inside a shipping container.

According to a contract tender notice, Dstl is seeking to procure a proven commercial off-the-shelf or modified commercial off-the-shelf boat that meets the following requirements.

  • The system and all subsystems shall be capable of operating under remote control by a human within line of sight.
  • Meets UK existing and planned Maritime Regulations (MCA) for remote controlled / autonomous platforms.
  • Shall fit inside a 20ft ISO container (disassembled if required)
  • Shall have the buoyancy and configuration to enable a winch (GFE) to lift a 1000kg mass (with a 400kg safety factor) from the seabed to 3m below the craft.
  • Must be able to transit 10 miles from point of departure to recovery location at 6 knots, loiter for up to 8hrs in a two knot current and sea-state F3, transit 10 miles back.
  • Must be capable of dynamic station-keeping (location and heading) over a given point in sea-state F3 within a 5m radius

The deadline for submissions is the 6th of August 2022.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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David
David
6 days ago

What would this be used for? Mine recovery or Bomb Disposal?

Expat
Expat
6 days ago
Reply to  David

Perhaps small unmanned subs.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
5 days ago
Reply to  David

What weighs 1000kg that a winch could get hold of from an unmanned boat? I know nothing about this. Would it use different attachments? Like big magnet, grabber, hook. Very interesting. Oh and all to fit in a 20ft container, wow

Ian M
Ian M
6 days ago

What have they lost now?

grizzler
grizzler
6 days ago
Reply to  Ian M

exactly what I was thinking …The Remote Control must be crap …or maybe the batteries ran out …

chris
chris
6 days ago

looks like its for mine clearance or ROVs

Simon
Simon
6 days ago

very short timescale to submit a bid

farouk
farouk
6 days ago

I’d like to submit my bid:

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Last edited 6 days ago by farouk
Frank62
Frank62
6 days ago
Reply to  farouk

I’ll back that bid farouk, 2 always my favourite Thunderbird.

Ian
Ian
6 days ago
Reply to  farouk

🤣🇬🇧🤣🇬🇧🤣

Ian
Ian
5 days ago
Reply to  Ian

Is this not Boxer 30 years in advance
…… change the bit in the middle..👍

Bulkhead
Bulkhead
5 days ago
Reply to  farouk

😎

FOSTERSMAN
FOSTERSMAN
6 days ago

Couple of questions.

1. What weights 1000kg and would be sitting on the seabed?
2. Why RC and not autonomous?

Angus
Angus
6 days ago
Reply to  FOSTERSMAN

Admirals Wallet, so no one gets to see what’s within 😉

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
5 days ago
Reply to  FOSTERSMAN

Good questions.

The Russians have long used seabed crawler vehicles – remember the tracks the Swedish Navy discovered on the seabed near one of their naval bases in the 1980’s, I think?

Prehaps we want to be able to ‘recover’ one of them! The RC would avoid putting the anybody at risk in case the recovered (swiped!) vehicle is booby trapped! Protecting our undersea infrstructure is a declared priority after all. 😎😀

Cheers CR

FOSTERSMAN
FOSTERSMAN
5 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Well a quick search online the UK military doesn’t use sea mines anymore, so there’s no chance this is for mine recovery. Also a freedom of information search states there are no sea mines left over from previous wars in UK waters, surely dispelling that this is for a recovery operation. Clearly then as you stated this is for some sort of covert recovery of unknown foreign assets? My other question then would be then from what platform would we launch such a craft? Surely if intended to recover enemy assets then would only be submarine launched? Perhaps it’s intended… Read more »

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
5 days ago
Reply to  FOSTERSMAN

As dstl are buying this I suggest it is for research and development purposes. If they can actually make it work as a deployable capability then, if I remember rightly, I think the MRSS vessels are to have a role in protecting our key assets… So sometime by the end of the decade – may be!

Cheers CR

Rudeboy
Rudeboy
1 minute ago

The only reason for this is to do with handling something explosive. Human control within Line of Sight is the key bit…i.e. not that ambitious, but for a job where we want people as far away as possible.