Saab will demonstrate its AUV62-AT anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system to the US Navy (USN), who will evaluate the artificial acoustic system against USN systems through the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme in summer 2018, with an option to continue testing into 2019.
The USN is investigating a replacement to its current ASW training system for its Undersea Warfare Training Range. "With submarine usage on the rise, ASW training is more crucial than ever," Görgen Johansson, Saab Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Dynamics, comments. "Some of today’s submarines are armed with heavyweight torpedoes that can destroy a massive vessel rather than simply disable it. AUV62-AT prepares operators for this threat."
Saab’s AUV62-AT package trains operators in submarine surveillance, detection, identification, classification and target engagement. The AUV62-AT is an artificial acoustic system that mimics a submarine in a way that is compatible with any torpedo- and sonar system on the market today, according to Saab. The system fully replaces the use of a submarine in the role as a maneuvering training target and can be launched from a ship, a submarine, or shore. The system is in service today with a number of countries worldwide.