US Navy to Test Saab’s Antisubmarine Training System

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Defense and security company Saab said it will demonstrate its antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training system for the U.S. Navy (USN) as it investigates a replacement ASW training systems for its Undersea Warfare Training Range.

According to Saab, the Navy will evaluate Saab’s AUV62-AT – an artificial acoustic system that mimics a submarine – against USN systems through the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program.

The demonstration is planned for summer 2018, with an option to continue testing into 2019.

“With submarine usage on the rise, antisubmarine warfare training is more crucial than ever,” said Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and head of Saab´s Business Area Dynamics. “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, which trains operators in submarine surveillance, detection, identification, classification and target engagement, is an artificial acoustic system that mimics a submarine in a way that is compatible with any torpedo- and sonar system presently on the market. Already in service with a number of countries worldwide, 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.