Remote Mine Classification and Identification
Sea Mines are used by global navies as a means of area access and denial, preventing access for an amphibious landing, or disrupting commercial shipping lanes. As a result, all navies must maintain a mine-countermeasures capability to locate and dispose of the mine threat. Sea mines historically has been by far the biggest contributor to ship damage (14 USA ships since WW2, compared to 4 from air/missile/torpedo). Historically mine countermeasures has been executed with Mine Countermeasure Vehicles (MCMV’s) which are very expensive (non-magnetic, electric drives, degaussed). These vehicles use hull mounted sonar, or towed sonar to detect the mines. Mine are disposed of using mine sweeping (towed device) or the deployment of MCM divers.
2G Robotics offers an Optical MCM Identification payload that enables navies to complete the remote identification of MLOs using existing AUV platforms. This payload consists of a high-resolution stills camera to gain an optical positive ID, and a laser scanner to gain a quantifiable understanding of the target.
Complete Situational Awareness
- 4K resolution enhanced images and quantifiable laser data for complete situational awareness. Direct laser measurements of mine targets to enhance image-based optical identification and localization.
High Operational Tempo
- Onboard, real-time light correction and undistortion for rapid download and post-mission analysis. Target reacquire using AUV assets to minimize sorties and increase operational tempo.
- Complete mine identification with submerged AUVs. Covert ID of multiple MLO’s in a single AUV mission with a vessel at standoff distance.
- Remote camera ID minimizes minefield diver deployments by reducing false positives from sonar detection.
- Payloads built for cost-efficient platforms reduce cost. Reduction of diver team and expensive maintenance of MCMVs.