Thursday, June 02, 2005

Mine-sniffing underwater robots

Navy buys mine-sniffing underwater robots
May 31 2005
by Steve Ranger
Fleet of submarine mine-hunters take to the seas..

The battery-powered Remote Environmental Monitoring Units - known as Remus - will operate at depths of up to 100m, scanning the seabed to make sure there are no mines lurking to destroy ships and landing craft.

The 1.6m long torpedo shaped vehicles use "advanced detectors" to pin-point the location of mines, before returning to their naval handlers for the raw data to be collected and evaluated, the Ministry of Defence said.

It will be the first time the Navy has had an unmanned vehicle capable of detecting mines in shallow water. Previously this dangerous job would have been carried out by naval divers.

The Defence Procurement Agency will buy 10 of the robots, manufactured by Hydroid Inc, as part of a £2.75m programme. The robots will start work early next year and are expected to stay in service until 2011.

...the robots will also help the Navy by supporting search and salvage operations and protecting ports and harbours against terrorist attack.

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