Mine-clearing submarine unveiled (UK)
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2007
Source: PA News
A revolutionary unmanned submarine which can locate and destroy underwater mines is due to be unveiled.
The Talisman submarine, developed by BAE Systems, has been developed to take over the dangerous task of mine clearance, which currently puts the lives of navy divers at risk.
The Talisman M is fitted with thruster engines, allowing it to hover and turn 360 degrees so it can remain stable as it deploys its mine-clearance device.
The body of the submarine has been designed in conjunction with motor-racing manufacturer Lola Cars and is made of composite carbon fibre components, meaning it is strong but lightweight. .
Andy Tonge, Talisman project manager at BAE Systems' underwater systems division based in Waterlooville, Hants, said: "There is a huge legacy of marine mines from both the First and Second World Wars in shores all over the world.
"The Talisman M can, for the first time, locate, identify as dangerous and then neutralise mines in one single autonomous mission."
The Talisman, which is being unveiled at the Ocean Business 2007 show, has already undergone several series of trial runs at sea.