Seatronics, a brand in Acteon’s Data and Robotics Division, has begun the final installation and commissioning phase in the first sale of two Mine Identification and Detonation Solution (MIDS) Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to Elbit Systems Ltd.
The MIDS ROVs are multi-shot, configurable mine disposal solutions that can detonate multiple charges acoustically, using state-of-the-art technology, without having to sacrifice themselves.
The Seatronics MIDS shares several design features with the company’s VALOR platform, but also includes a range of highly specific, leading-edge sensors, such as an advanced inertial navigation system and sonar and optics technologies, that are combined within an onboard object classification system that enables the MIDS to accurately detect and classify objects that may be threats.
The target classification solution uses onboard sensory features that use machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to determine whether to categorize seabed and floating items as potential mine or mine-like objects. This information is then passed to the command center, where the decision can be taken whether to neutralize or destroy the target.
Elbit’s Seagull USV has been specifically designed to host a variety of MIDS-related solutions, one of which is the Seatronics MIDS. According to the companies, Seagull is an ideal host platform for remote deployment of the Seatronics MIDS ROV using a custom launch and recovery system. The MIDS ROV can be deployed from the Seagull in fully autonomous, semi-autonomous or supervised autonomy operational mode, or operated via satellite link from the mother ship or any other remote location.