Naval Today: French ECA Group presents mid-sized mine warfare AUV A18-M
The AUV is capable of mine detection and classification in water depths up to 300m and is specifically designed to operate in the close vicinity of “smart mines” without triggering them.
“This mid-size AUV is the top trade-off between, size, weight and long endurance. Its payload capacity makes it able to host high performance sonar, such as synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) providing unprecedented detection and classification performances.” says Léonie Delacou, AUV product manager at ECA Group.
More compact than previous generation of Mine warfare dedicated AUV, A18-M is also capable of being deployed from small naval platforms such as unmanned surface vehicles (USV).
The A18-M integrates synthetic aperture sonar and has an area 2km/h coverage rate
A18-M uses embedded processing to relay real time sonar image to the command center using a communication network, with an unmanned surface vessel or aerial vehicle (USV or UAV) acting as gateway. These contacts are then reviewed onboard a mothership or onshore to decied on the operations to conduct next phase.