Klein UUV-3500 Successfully Integrated into Riptide 1MP UUV
SALEM, N.H. — Klein Marine Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries Inc., participated in a U.S. Special Operations Command industry event in Key West, Fla., with its Klein Model 3500 sonar installed in a Riptide Autonomous Solutions 1MP (1-Man Portable) unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), a 7.5-inch-diameter sometimes called an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The intent of this industry event was to evaluate the effectiveness of diver assistance available with different platforms and sensors.
The Klein UUV3500 Combined Side-Scan and Interferometric Bathymetric Sonar produces very high combined side-scan sonar data and interferometric bathymetry data, which when the data sets are merged, produces higher Probability-of-Detection figures for small and difficult to detect targets, providing an effective alternative — particularly on small AUVs — to the size, complexity and motion sensitivity of highly expensive side scan sonar generating synthetic beams.
This demonstration provided an excellent example of the potential for rapid integration of a high-performance sensor, such as the Klein 3500, onto a low-cost AUV platform, such as the Riptide UUV/AUV platforms.
The Riptide 1MP was successfully launched from shore into the ocean in shallow water, executed a preprogrammed mission and returned to the operator standing on the shore with the propulsion motor stopping exactly as the operator’s position, proving, among other things, Klein transducers’ excellent hydrodynamic performance. It is interesting to notice that the Klein UUV3500 was fully integrated into a Riptide UUV/AUV in less than four working days, demonstrating easy-to-integrate features of the UUV3500 architecture (mechanical, electrical and software).