Minesweepers of the Russian fleet will receive Marlin-350 uninhabited underwater vehicles. Robots will search for and destroy mines.
Underwater Robots allow you to avoid unnecessary risk and speed up the search for sea mines – Jobs for Robots! Work for Robots! Hire a Robot! Therefore, in a number of countries, the military has already entrusted them with this work, or at least plans to do so. For example, the Royal Navy of Great Britain has a surface minesweeper robot. And the Americans are developing several anti-mine systems for their coastal warships. These include the MCM USV robotic boat and the underwater Knifefish.
The Marlin-350 uninhabited vehicle was developed by Tethys Pro. The underwater robot is designed to search for various objects and inspect the bottom at a depth of up to 350 meters. With a length of 84 centimeters, a width of 59 centimeters and a height of 37 centimeters, its weight is 50 kilograms. “Marlin-350” can move at a speed of about five kilometers per hour.
The robot is equipped with six thrusters and can be equipped with a 360-degree sonar, multi-beam sonar, altimeter, video cameras and lighting devices, as well as various communication equipment. The Russian Navy adopted it in 2015.
The Russian Defense Ministry will equip the minesweepers of all four fleets – the Northern, Pacific, Black Sea and Baltic fleets – with Marlins underwater robots. Robots will search for and destroy mines. They can use optical systems to detect a target at depth and install a subversive charge on it.
The Ministry of Defense decided to arm minesweepers with underwater robots after successful demining work last summer. Then the minesweepers “Alexander Obukhov” and “Leonid Sobolev” using the apparatus “Marlin-350” found and destroyed about 20 anchor and bottom magnetic mines.
Underwater Robots can neutralize not only sea, but also land mines. Earlier we wrote about the MV-4 sapper robot, which helps the South Korean military clear minefields in the demilitarized zone.