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UK Dstl Purchases SeeByte Software in Support of RN MASTT - September 13 2013

SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, is pleased to announce that the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has purchased both SeeTrack Military and SeeTrack Neptune licenses in support of the Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (RN MASTT).

Dstl is focused upon maximising the impact of science and technology for defence and security within the UK. As part of this focus, Dstl has been working closely with the Royal Navy to ensure the delivery of state-of-the-art capabilities. At present, Dstl is working with RN MASTT, formally the Fleet Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Unit (FUUVU), to implement the tactical development of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), allowing them to be used for underwater force protection.

SeeByte’s SeeTrack Military software is an open-architecture platform solution enabling mission-planning, monitoring, post-processing and reporting of off-board assets such as UUVs and diver hand held system; it is now the tool of choice for sixteen of the world’s navies. SeeTrack Neptune provides a payload control architecture and real time autonomy engine for UUVs to plan and execute well known patterns of behaviour that expedite and optimise single vehicle and multi-vehicle operations. In other words, the operators plan for what to do and SeeTrack Neptune decides how to do it.

Alastair Cormack, Technical Client Manager at SeeByte, commented: “We are privileged to be in a position to assist the Royal Navy with their goal of improving defence and security within the UK. With fifteen other navies currently using SeeTrack software, it is fantastic that the UK MOD will now have access to the advanced capabilities we offer.”

Phil Brown of Dstl Naval Systems also commented: “Recent work performed for the UK MoD’s S&T Programme by SeeByte and BAE Systems, as part of the Osprey Consortia, has resulted in the development of improved autonomous planning and control systems for delivering unmanned mine countermeasures. I am very pleased to say that the latest results of this work are being exploited into the UK RN, with software being provided to the RN MASTT for testing and evaluation”.

 

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The Dragonfly mine disposal and countermeasures system, NATO persistent monitoring

 

 The proposed Dragonfly system is based on the patent 'Bluefish' energy harvesting platform and SNAV to provide low cost persistent monitoring of key routes.

 

 

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

 

LONG RANGE AUTONOMOUS MINE HUNTING & SWEEPING ZCC

 

The latest innovation (2013) in mine neutralization is a recent British invention that combines existing techniques within a surface platform that uses energy from nature and advanced autonomous technology to search near continuously for mines without the need for a crew and as a 'world' fleet exercise coordinated by a central command. Such a vessel combined as a coordinated fleet cuts the cost of the persistent monitoring that is necessary to ensure that submarine and other fleet and commercial corridors are free of mines that may have been planted by, among other enemies, radical groups (terrorists). 

 

The development of this technology is ongoing to not only improve the quality of mine disposal and effectiveness, but also to reduce the cost of operations for organisations such as NATO and the pollution caused by the military who now also recognize that they owe a duty (MARPOL) to the environment.

 

Without continuous forward development opposing forces might easily take the strategic lead with tactics in place developed using disruptive technology that allied forces are through lack of proactive impetus may be caught off guard.

 

 

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Alvin DSV - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

HMS Astute 1st of Class

HMS Vanguard- Trident

INS Sindhurakshak - explosion & sinking

Lusitania - Torpedo attack

Nuclear submarines lost at sea

Predator - Covert submarine hunter/killer

Seawolf - Autonomous wolf pack deployment of Predator mini-subs

Torpedoes - UUV anti submarine weapons

U20 - Kapitan Leutnant Walther Schwieger

USS Bluefish WWI submarine

USS Bluefish - Nuclear submarine

USS Flying Fish

USS Jimmy Carter - Seawolf class fast attack nuclear submarine

USS Nautilus - 1st nuclear submarine & subsea north pole passage

 

 

LINKS

 

Seawolf - Autonomous wolf pack deployment of Predator mini-subs

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/02/us-military-replace-dolphins-robots

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talisman_UUV

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