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October 21, 2014

BMT Isis and MSubs partner to develop new Maritime Sea Range

BMT Isis and Plymouth-based MSubs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a fully instrumented Maritime Sea Range to test unmanned craft.

By Samseer M

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BMT Isis and Plymouth-based Msubs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop a fully instrumented Maritime Sea Range to test unmanned craft.

As part of the MoU, the proposed instrumented range will be developed to enable operators to trial systems in realistic conditions, exercising full control over their vehicles and even changing test parameters mid-trial.

BMT Isis managing director Mike Prince said: "Unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles have been used extensively in military operations for many years but their application for commercial and humanitarian tasks has only recently started to come to the fore, made possible by a leap forward in technology and innovation."

"A mobile shore control facility will also be developed…that will connect with land-based networks to deliver both on-site and remote access to UK, European and global customers."

The new sea range will offer technology firms a platform to test vehicles and begin significant steps towards providing cooperative behaviours to compliment vehicles working in all domains.

The range areas are selected according to the low shipping density in the area and the proximity of the military bases at Devonport and surrounding areas, BMT said.

It will combine sensors within fixed buoys or mobile platforms equipped with environmental sensors, sonar transducers, GPS and Wi-Fi for tracking, navigation, communications and data collection.

A mobile shore control facility will also be developed by the companies, featuring radar tracking and communications that will connect with land-based networks to deliver both on-site and remote access to UK, European and global customers.

This facility will not only enable cost-efficient usage but also enable a series of UxVs working in the air, surface and subsurface domains to coordinate with each other with almost no human intervention.

BMT Isis offers safety and environmental risk management across various sectors, while the latter supplies manned and unmanned underwater submersibles for both military and commercial users.


Image: The sea range enables operators to trial vehichles, exercising full control and even changing test parameters mid-trial. Photo: courtesy of BMT Group.

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