L&T pi­o­neers tor­pedo-tube AUV, Navy in­ter­ested

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The In­dian Navy is now keenly track­ing an ad­vanced pro­gramme un­veiled at the re­cently con­cluded De­fexpo event: the Adamya au­ton­o­mous un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cle (AUV) de­vel­oped and built in­house by L&T Heavy En­gi­neer­ing. While the Navy has a stated re­quire­ment for AUVs, the Adamya has caught its at­ten­tion for a rea­son. Ac­cord­ing to L&T, “Adamya is the next step into the world of un­manned naval war­fare and coastal de­fence. Its unique de­sign al­lows it to be launched from the tor­pedo tube of a sub­ma­rine – a pi­o­neer­ing feat glob­ally.” L&T has high­lighted sev­eral fea­tures on the Adamya to the Navy, in­clud­ing the fact that the ve­hi­cle’s mod­u­lar de­sign and depth-rated shells en­able mis­sion cus­tomi­sa­tion as per the Navy’s needs with­out hav­ing to re­sort to pres­sure-proof­ing of the in­ter­nal elec­tronic sys­tems. Other qual­i­ties in­clude short turn­around time and abil­ity to be air-shipped con­ve­niently. The Adamya is be­ing pitched for naval ap­pli­ca­tions that in­clude hy­dro­graphic sur­vey (the Hy­drog­ra­phy Depart­ment in­ci­den­tally is also look­ing for AUVs), mine coun­ter­mea­sures, in­tel­li­gence-sur­veil­lance-re­con­nais­sance (ISR), off­shore sur­vey, clan­des­tine mon­i­tor­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing and op­tional anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare. The 18.7 feet, 850 kg plat­form sports an en­durance of 8 hours at 4 knots (with max­i­mum for­ward speed of 6 knots) with a cus­tomis­able depth rat­ing of 500 me­tres.

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