Portable unmanned undersea vehicle unveiled

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Can be Used for Surveillance Operations

Submarine drone measures under 6 inches diameter giving high portability and suitability for covert operations

L3Harris Technologies (L3) has developed the man-portable Iver4 580 unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). This is the second vehicle in the Iver4 family of next-generation UUVs to address a wide variety of customer missions, including surveillance, multi-domain intelligence, reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare.

Built with Iver4 advanced technology, the Iver4 580 features a full suite of sensors in a portable size (5.8 inch diameter and 82 inch length) and small mission footprint for rapid deployment from any vessel. It offers users a 200-meter depth system featuring sealed, hot-swappable battery sections that can be swapped without the need of a vacuum test, heading re-alignment or special tools allowing the vehicle to get back on its mission with just minutes of downtime.

Data recorded from the on-board sensor suite can be downloaded from the Iver4 580 at gigabit Ethernet speed further minimising mission downtime. The Iver4 580 design maximises in-water efficiency enabling the vehicle to travel at a speed of 4 knots and support longer missions.

“The Iver4 580 is the latest stage in the Iver family of vehicles bringing mission-critical capability to underwater surveillance and intelligence operations in a portable package,” said Sean Stackley, President, Integrated Mission Systems. “L3Harris continues to advance its capabilities in small diameter UUVs for our military and commercial customers.”

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