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Russia plans to set up a global network of submarine and surface UAVs

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Rubin is considering the creation of a global network of submarine and surface autonomous uninhabited vehicles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles for large-scale scientific research, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Rubin CEO Igor Vilnit.

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“In the long run, the bureau specialists have outlined the creation of a global network consisting of a large number of underwater deep-sea vehicles, light-class AUVs, gliders, underwater lighting equipment, UAVs, communication equipment and other components providing for large-scale scientific and research missions,” Vilnit said.

In the near future, there will be a deep integration of robotic means with various classes of carriers – submarines, surface ships providing ships.

“When creating marine robotic systems, various methods and devices for the interaction of vehicles with various types of carriers of both underwater and surface class are also being developed,” the Rubin general director explained.

“The application of network principles for creating complex robotic complexes, modern and promising technical solutions, new programming methods and algorithms will allow in the future to create systems that provide navigation, communication and control of heterogeneous robotic complexes operating in the depths of the oceans, in the open sea and in the air” – said Vilnit.

Such an approach will make it possible to create unified control centers for uninhabited submarine, surface and airborne vehicles, and to provide relevant organizations and departments with full navigation and technical information in real time.

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“Complexes of heavy and superheavy AUVs are being developed that are designed to solve a number of complex complex tasks of both research and defense applications,” Vilnit noted.

In addition, Rubin is also currently developing robotic systems based on light AUVs – Juno and Amulet. These devices were repeatedly shown at the naval salon in St. Petersburg, the military-technical forum “Army” and other specialized exhibitions.

According to Vilnit, they aroused the genuine interest of various organizations and departments with the aim of using both for research and practical applications when conducting inspection work for underwater pipelines, communications and underwater structures.

“A major step in the bureau’s activities was the launch in 2013 of work on the creation of a promising complex of the AUV of the Klavaysin-2R-PM project,” Vilnit added. This device was developed by order of the Ministry of Defense.

According to him, TsKB MT Rubin has completed research work (R&D) on the development of the Surrogate marine robotic complex capable of simulating atomic and non-nuclear submarines.

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“At present, the Surrogate R&D carried out by us on an initiative basis has been completed. The results of this work were brought to the attention of relevant organizations of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, consultations are ongoing,” Vilnit noted.

We will remind, earlier the Ministry of Defense received a patent for the deep-sea Arctic robot “Iceberg”.

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