French Navy demonstrates AUV capability
The French Navy is conducting ECA robotics-built Alister 100 lightweight autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) trials as a preliminary to receiving six AVUs over the coming months. The 2m-long Alister 100 AUV weighs 70kg and will be used by the French Navy as underwater drones to support mine warfare missions.
In 2010, the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) had awarded a contract to ECA Group to design, develop and deliver six Alister 100 AUVs for the French Navy. Under the contract, the company will deliver the underwater systems for the French Navy’s mine disposal diver group for testing by the end of 2013.
Following completion of trials of the autonomous vehicles, the French Navy officials will use the testing results to decide whether to deploy the system for operational missions.
The AUV is fitted with advanced systems and sensors to detect potential underwater mines. Capable of conducting port clearance missions, the GPD will deploy the systems for supporting miss
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