Saab has received a delivery contract from an undisclosed customer for supply of its autonomous underwater vehicles systems, AUV62.
Under the Skr269m ($41.4m) deal, Saab will deliver the systems in the advanced training target configuration for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training and also provide long-term maintenance and support for vehicles.
Replicating a manoeuvring submarine, the artificial acoustic target system is compatible with any torpedo and sonar system and can be used to provide training to a navy’s ASW forces at reduced costs.
The system consists of an AUV62-MR vehicle, mission-planning and analysis unit (MPAU), battery recharging system, ILS package and a launch-and-recovery system.
With a maximum operating speed of 20k and 500m maximum depth rating, the 4m-7m-long autonomous system is equipped with Hydro Acoustic Link for submerged communication and WLAN, UHF/VHF, SatLink for surface communications.
Designed for launch from a submarine, ship or from shore, the vehicle features obstacle avoidance, a high-degree of positioning and user adaptability to battlefield threats.
Using advanced onboard sensors such as dual flank-array sonar and high-resolution gap-filler sonar, the vehicle can also perform long-term mine-reconnaissance missions with increased speed.
Deliveries of the system under the contract will be carried out between 2014 and 2015, followed by supply of additional support services.
Currently deployed with the Swedish Navy, the system is used for mine counter measures and rapid environmental assessments.