Saab’s underwater systems played a vital role in two ‘operational experimentation exercises’ that brought together over 2,000 participants from 15 NATO nations, Ireland, and Sweden.
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Saab’s SeaEye Falcon (Picture source: Saab)
In September, Saab deployed the AUV62-AT anti-submarine warfare training target and the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Seaeye Falcon. The Seaeye Falcon was operated from the Portuguese Navy Vessel, Dom Carlos I, while the AUV62-AT was operated from a naval base. Both systems actively participated in the REPMUS 23 and DYNAMIC MESSENGER 23 exercises, spanning a total of three weeks. The primary objective of these exercises was to assess the performance of experimental marine unmanned systems in real operational scenarios.
Saab’s AUV62-AT, in collaboration with Sweden’s defense procurement agency, FMV, played a critical role in supporting Anti-Submarine Warfare systems used by navies, industry experts, and academic professionals. It achieved this by replicating the acoustic signature of a submarine, which was customized for the exercises, allowing participants to practice hunting and tracking submarines. The data collected by the AUV62-AT played a crucial role in providing prompt feedback to the various systems, contributing to the enhancement of future deployment strategies.
Regarding the Critical Undersea Infrastructure component of the exercises, the Seaeye Falcon demonstrated its operational adaptability and reliability in a variety of underwater tasks. It played a pivotal role in identifying, relocating, and neutralizing simulated Underwater Explosive Devices strategically placed on an underwater communications cable. This included the deployment of targets, executing underwater procedures to ensure the safety of potentially hazardous objects, and remotely recovering them for forensic analysis. Saab UK designed and conducted this phase of the exercise.
Dean Rosenfield, Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director of Saab UK, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with NATO and industry experts in addressing the evolving threats to Critical Undersea Infrastructure. This defensive capability is expected to witness increased activity in the years to come.
Saab eagerly anticipates future participation in REPMUS and Dynamic Messenger exercises, offering additional capabilities from its extensive portfolio.
Saab’s AUV62-AT involved in REMPUS 23 (Picture source: Saab)