Mine Countermeasures News

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

basic research, at a very low TRL (technology readiness level). We are also interested in solutions for today, and we’ve been successful working with the NATO Maritime Command –MARCOM. For instance, we’ve been able to make available our expertise in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), mine countermeasures (MCM), and environmental knowledge /operational effectiveness (EKOE), which could be  battlespace characterization, or an environmental assessment of military oceanography.  Environmental knowledge is basically characterizing the state of the sea and atmosphere, in real-time, on

MUSCLE Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Deployment. Photo courtesy of CMRE

NATO employs MUSCLE Memory to Find Mines

relative to sand ripple to get a better look.  With collaborative autonomy, it can also task smaller vehicles to go and inspect a series of detections, collecting video feeds, which in turn, also, can be fed back to the ship.”Dr. Samatha Dugelay, program manager for autonomous naval mine countermeasures at CMRE said the center adapted another Bluefin-21 as a collaborative autonomy test bed—named Black CAT--to demonstrate D2CAF by having MUSCLE and Black CAT work together. MUSCLE has an acoustic Doppler current profiler that detects current direction and velocity, and can reprogram its

Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Debuts New Synthetic Aperture Sonar

data is processed at the highest quality setting in real-time. The length of the MINSAS-240 receiver array allows for true full-aperture SAS processing even at tow speeds up to 20 knots without switching to a lower resolution imaging mode at high speed."For demanding subsea survey missions in mine countermeasures, infrastructure monitoring and oil and gas exploration, time is of the essence," Kenny said. "The sensor that gets the job done most effectively is one that combines ultra-high resolution imagery with an extremely high area coverage rate."

Photo: L3 ASV

C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

L3 ASV has announced the successful delivery of a long-endurance autonomous vessel known as the C-Enduro to the Royal Navy. The C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) program as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology.The 4.8-meter autonomous vessel is equipped with 10 sensors combining scientific and hydrographic survey equipment. The vessel operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView, and is fitted with L3 ASV’s advanced autonomy package, ensuring situational awareness and smart

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.

Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

has developed a state-of-the-art Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) named “Seagull”. Seagull is a multi-mission USV platform boasting high autonomy levels and modular features, allowing it to be rapidly reconfigured for a wide array of missions – including anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.“Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV is one of the most advanced ocean drones in the world,” said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO. “With KATFISH integrated on Elbit’s Seagull USV, the system can provide remotely operated, unmanned, end-to-end mine hunting

(PhotoL Marine Advanced Research)

20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

is planning a production run of 20’ WAM-Vs configured for hydrographic survey and oceanography, starting in 2019. The WAM-V is an innovative class of watercraft from 8’ to 150’ that can be tasked with port surveillance and security, UAV & UUV deployment and retrieval, MCM (Mine Countermeasures), nodal communications, benthic operations survey, maritime interdiction, and offshore oil and gas operations

(Photo: Teledyne Marine)

A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

; inertial navigation and supervised autonomy, maneuvered the ROV to the waypoint with minimal operator assistance, visualized the target and simulated neutralization.“Following the theme of ‘Human Machine Interaction’, Teledyne and its partners demonstrated how today’s Mine Countermeasures activities can safely be performed by multi domain assets incorporating much needed autonomy. Nicknamed by NUWC Newport, ‘The Battle of the Basin’, our exceptional team used a strength in numbers approach by combining our individual technologies, most of which were small businesses

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

The U.S. Navy is testing a high-speed actively controlled towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system for multi-mission applications, including mine countermeasures.Canadian based developer of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) creating a new a joint research and development relationship with U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT).The overall objective, Kraken said, is to provide NUWC

Defense Research and Development Canada Upgrades its AUV

inside the AUV, or strapped to the hull simplifies AUV operations in many cases when compared to other AUV magnetometer solutions that require towed bodies, long poles in front of the vehicle or de-gaussed hulls.Applications for the SCM cover a wide variety of AUV missions ranging from geological mapping, mine-countermeasures, and vessel signatures, to unexploded ordnance (UXO), and marine archaeology

Photo: FAU

Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

the last decade, interest in UUVs as part of specific military, industrial and academic missions and applications have increased due to technological innovations and the evolution of their sensor payloads. Missions such as persistent surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, oceanography and mine countermeasures are among key advantages of utilizing UUVs as compared to other platforms. The U.S. Navy has identified several major benefits of unmanned vehicles in maritime surface and sub-surface applications. They are far less expensive to operate and maintain than manned vehicles, and automated sensors

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