September 21, 2017
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ECA Group demos AUV A9-M
ECA Group, within the framework of the Belgian Navy evaluation of Unmmaned Maritime Systems, recently demonstrated the AUV A9-M capability to remotely survey the seabed in search for mines from its CPV POLLUX. The ECA Group AUV A9-M, is a 2-meter long, 70Kg underwater vehicle with a capacity of 10 hours of autonomy, which can easily be deployed and operated from rigid hull inflatable boats by two operators, or directly from a non-specialized Navy ship such as CPVs or OPVs. The capability of AUV A9-M to navigate in strong currents and high tide environment without degradation of the side scan sonar image quality was one of the objectives of the test of the ECA equipment. During the trials, the AUV A9-M dived for 5 hours and covered an area of a square kilometer, with 200% coverage of the surveyed area, enabling detection and classification of more than a hundred potential Mine Like Object (MILCO) on the seabed.