AUV, USV & ROV in Live Unmanned Marine Vehicle Demonstration

By Phoebe Grinter / 26 Aug 2021

Saab is leading a live demonstration as part of the EU-funded OCEAN2020 Defense Research Project being held in the Baltic Sea, to demonstrate the capabilities of 13 different unmanned vehicles, four of them from Saab, and the communication and control processes that enable cooperation amongst them.

Saab to Lead OCEAN2020 Live Demonstration


With the support of the Swedish Armed Forces, Saab will lead the delivery of the demonstration with two scenarios that have a military focus. The first scenario aims to prove that the vehicles can detect and collect target information, create a recognised maritime picture and later engage an enemy threat. Two high-speed boats and motherships for unmanned systems will act as a threat to a coastal area of vital military importance. 

In the second scenario, the various vessels and systems will work together to counter underwater threats from dummy sea mines and a Saab AUV62-AT autonomous underwater vehicle representing a submarine.

Saab is participating with two USV (unmanned surface vessels), the Patrol Craft CB 90 (Enforcer III) and the Surveillance Craft Piraya, which will demonstrate their autonomous operation and collaboration capabilities.

Under the surface, Saab’s Deep Vision Side Scan Sonar can locate hidden threats while the Sea Wasp ROV (remotely operated vehicle) operates in the depths to neutralize dummy sea mines. On-shore, Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar will search for and track the targets while the 9LV Combat Management System provides a comprehensive situational overview. 

Saab’s Secure Service Oriented Architecture connects and distributes the information in an efficient way between all the systems.

 “By participating in this demonstration, Saab proves it has a unique capability to connect assets in the air, on the water and under the surface,” said Ingrid Leijonhufvud, Saab’s OCEAN2020 Project Manager.

“This is a market segment with a lot of competition, but few have the wide competence as Saab does when it comes to the sensors, communication and management systems that can integrate so many complex systems in a flexible manner.” 

OCEAN2020 is a consortium funded by the European Union’s Preparatory Action on Defense Research and implemented by the European Defense Agency. This work contributes to the EU’s ability to lead innovation in support of Europe’s strategic autonomy in the maritime domain.

The consortium, led by Leonardo S.p.A and with Saab’s co-leadership for the second live demonstration, is made up of 43 participants from 15 countries.

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