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Royal Navy acquire Saab Anti-Submarine Warfare training system

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Saab has received an order to provide the Royal Navy with the AUV62-AT anti-submarine warfare training system.

Delivery is expected to take place in 2019.

Saab say it has received this order in collaboration with QinetiQ. The order comprises of Saab’s AUV62-AT autonomous underwater vehicle system.

“This system is a cost-efficient training solution allowing ASW units to train in a wide range of scenarios. This procurement follows a period of testing and evaluation together with QinetiQ and the Royal Navy”, say the firm in a release.

“We welcome the Royal Navy as our latest customer of the AUV62-AT. Together with QinetiQ we have demonstrated and used the AUV62-AT in multiple training scenarios to show the customer the true capability that comes with our state-of-the-art ASW solution,” said Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab business area Dynamics.

The AUV62-AT will act as a training target that can emulate a submarine. The firm describe the system as follows:

“The AUV62-AT is flexible, adaptable and can operate in several different modes, enabling it to comply with various sets of training regulations. It can generate realistic submarine noises and echoes, which are transmitted at a precise target strength and over clearly defined distances.

The payload module of the AUV62-AT includes a transducer tail, which mirrors the physical properties of a submarine so as to provide realistic training, including ASW torpedo firing. The tail incorporates transmitting and receiving transducers, so that training personnel can perform onboard analysis of the location of active sonars or attacking torpedoes.

Capable of deceiving any torpedo homing system, the AUV62-AT’s tail system provides forces with a highly qualified tactical training target.”

Saab successfully demonstrated the system at the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior military exercise held recently.

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