The UK’s Royal Navy has ordered Saab’s AUV62-AT autonomous underwater vehicle system in collaboration with QinetiQ, with delivery expected to take place later this year.
The anti-submarine training system is a "cost-efficient training solution allowing ASW units to train in a wide range of scenarios", with the procurement following a period of testing and evaluation together with QinetiQ and Royal Navy.
“We welcome the Royal Navy as our latest customer of the AUV62-AT. Together with QinetiQ we have demonstrated and used the AUV62-AT in multiple training scenarios to show the customer the true capability that comes with our state-of-the-art ASW solution,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area dynamics.
The AUV62-AT is flexible, adaptable and can operate in several different modes, which enables it to comply to various sets of training regulations.
It can generate realistic submarine noises and echoes, which are then transmitted at a precise target strength and over clearly defined distances, with the payload module including 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.