CANBERRA, (BM) – The Australian government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, will spend about US $ 8 million on training autonomous underwater vehicles that mimic various types of submarines and torpedoes, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, the AUV62-AT will help increase the combat capabilities of the national fleet.
“This training target, using advanced technology, will be able to simulate submarines and torpedoes, providing very realistic scenarios for the combat training of submariners, naval aviation and surface ships battle groups,” Naval Today quotes her as saying. “Saving money, the AUV62-AT will help improve the skills of the military personnel of the fleet not only now, but also in the future, as technologies for combating submarines develop”
The Australian subsidiary of the Swedish Saab will be the general contractor, but local companies will also be involved in the project. Specifically, BlueZone Group, with manufacturing facilities in Newcastle, Perth and Melbourne, will be contracted to support the operation, repair and maintenance of the AUV62-AT.
According to Saab, the AUV62-AT operates in multiple modes, allowing for different training scenarios to be played out. The unit can generate realistic underwater noise and echoes that are directed at well-defined distances and directions.
The AUV62-AT payload module includes a transducer in the tail section, which is responsible for simulating the physical properties of the submarine to ensure realism during training.
The device weighs about 620 kg. Powered by a lithium polymer battery, the drone has a top speed of 12 knots. The immersion depth is up to 300 meters. Maximum mission duration is 24 hours at a speed of 4 knots.
Saab has a strong position among the Australian military
The Swedish company Saab has quite serious positions among the Australian military. This simulated anti-submarine system is not the only one that the Swedish company has managed to negotiate for sale.
As we reported in February this year Saab has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement with the Australian Department of Defence to provide combat management systems across all the Royal Australian Navy’s major surface ships.
As previously announced by Saab and the Australian Department of Defence, Saab will deliver the tactical interface to the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of Hunter class frigates.
The tactical interface will be based on Saab’s ‘Next Generation’ Combat Management System (CMS), which will become part of all the Navy’s major surface ships.
“This agreement is an important milestone in our long-standing relation with Australia and we look forward to continue building our partnership and supporting the Royal Australian Navy’s capability with our state-of-the art combat management system”, said then Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.
Saab will deliver the ‘Next Generation’ CMS to Australia’s new Arafura class offshore patrol vessels and the Supply class auxiliary oiler replenishment ships. Saab will also modernise the 9LV CMS currently in use in the Anzac class frigates, and will provide the software for the future tactical interface for the Hobart class destroyer when their current CMS is modernised.
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