Marines look to unmanned underwater vehicles for bomb-disposal missions in shallow water and surf zones

Nov. 9, 2021
Sea mines are set-and-forget weapons; at Normandy, in spite of Allied-controlled of the area of operation, mines damaged or sunk 43 allied vessels.

QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va. – In the past, Marine divers had to swim long distances at limited depths, as they searched for underwater explosive hazards in close proximity. Asia Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

9 Nov. 2021 -- Traditionally, this was the only way to dispose or disrupt underwater threats — a highly risky exercise.

Enter the explosive ordnance disposal remotely operated vehicle (ROV), a next-generation box-shaped amphibious unmanned robot that enables Marines to support shallow-water operations globally.

The ROV employs sound navigation and ranging (SONAR) sensors, high-definition video, and cameras that provide real-time feedback for bomb-disposal divers.

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