Navantia, SAES, and Perseo have announced the development of a line of unmanned underwater vehicles.
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The autonomous underwater vehicle announcement was made during the FEINDEF 2023 international defence exhibition taking place in Madrid, Spain from 17 to 19 May.
An unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) prototype showcasing mine countermeasure mission, advanced sensor or loitering munition capability was exhibited at the event. The line of UUVs are planned to be equipped with modern sensors to deploy exploration and surveillance capabilities.
SAES president and chief executive officer Joaquín López Pagán said the company will provide tactical and mission capabilities to unmanned vehicles based on its expertise in sonar technology, underwater communications, and operational concepts for various missions.
“We are committed to the development of sustainable technologies in the naval sector,” he said.
“Our experience in underwater acoustics and electronics positions us as one of the main players in providing autonomy to unmanned vehicles and collaborating in their development to make them truly autonomous.
“Moreover, as they do not require human crew members, these vehicles are a safer and more economical option for carrying out defence missions and civilian applications.”
Perseo Techworks, CEO Sergio Olmos Guío said, will configure the UUVs using company expertise in onboard electronics, rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence.
“The development of unmanned systems requires specific technologies and working methodologies for competitive developments,” he said.
“Perseo Techworks works on these enabling technologies within a work scheme that allows for rapid iterations, in which simulation, rapid prototyping, and testing and trial capabilities are intertwined to create products with very short development times and adaptable to a constantly changing market.”
Navantia has launched a roadmap of solutions based on unmanned vehicles into its product catalogue across naval, aerial, and land domains. This roadmap is part of the company’s Horizon 5.0, a long-term plan to strengthen its systems business alongside shipbuilding, intelligent services, and green energies.
“Unmanned vehicles are an asset of growing importance for the armed forces and civilian applications,” said Donato Martínez Pérez de Rojas, Navantia technologies and digital transformation director and systems and services director.
“Navantia already has experience in the development of unmanned surface vessels, and together with SAES and Perseo, we want to expand our catalogue to those intended for the submarine domain.”