Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has received its largest Sabertooth autonomous underwater vehicle order to date in a deal worth around AU$84 million.
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Saab will deliver more than 20 Sabertooth vehicles between 2023 and 2025 for marine geophysical service provider PXGEO, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates.
The order will form part of PXGEO’s MantaRay solution for offshore seismic data acquisition and be used for deployment and recovery of equipment during ocean bottom surveys.
Saab business area dynamics head Görgen Johansson said the underwater vehicle is ideal for seabed investigations with the capability to perform operations to depths of up to 3,000 metres.
“Together with PXGEO, we are taking the step to make offshore seismic data acquisition fully autonomous. This is a great achievement, made possible by our combined expertise.”
PXGEO chief executive officer Tony Bowman said the autonomous Sabertooth platform will bring efficiency and reliability to the offshore seismic industry.
“The combined efforts between PXGEO’s engineering team and Saab in the development of MantaRay will revolutionise our industry and finally unlock the full potential of ocean bottom node seismic in line with PXGEO’s commitment to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.