The German-British Amphibious Engineer Battalion 130 in Minden, northern Germany, has acquired the most recent Sonobot 5 underwater drone.
In line with Bundeswehr, the binational bridging engineer battalion is provided with an environment friendly and exact technique of exploring water our bodies.
The Sonobot 5 is an unmanned sonar system that floats on the water’s floor. It’s the world’s quickest floating unmanned sonar system, making it superb for surveying and search operations in lakes, canals, and varied conceivable situations. This know-how permits the pioneers to measure and assess military-planned crossing factors precisely. With the drone, they will detect and exactly find submerged objects comparable to particles, mines, shallows, or important obstacles inside waterways.
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Exact, versatile, versatile, and militarily strong, the Sonobot 5 might be transported, assembled, and operated by a single soldier. It’s a specialised platform designed particularly for hydrographic surveying in inland waters. In conventional water physique surveying, referred to as bathymetry, the Earth’s floor, together with naturally and artificially linked objects, is meticulously measured and described – a process that the Sonobot 5 excels at. Moreover, it might probably vividly and extremely precisely depict the waterbed utilizing side-scan sonar. This light-weight, remotely managed, and modular measurement system offers the pioneers with versatility, permitting them to customise the Sonobot to go well with their particular mission necessities.
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Colonel Florian Loges, Commander of the Deutsch/Britische Pionierbrückenbataillon 130, emphasised the importance of integrating the Sonobot 5: “For us, the Minden pioneers, the adoption of the Sonobot 5 signifies one essential functionality: the power to digitally, swiftly, and below cowl, discover and measure water crossings. Furthermore, real-time exploration outcomes can now be made accessible to accountable army leaders.”
Beforehand, troopers measured water our bodies utilizing a rubber boat and a water depth recording machine (WaTAG). The WaTAG was connected to the boat’s physique and used sonar to file the river’s profile. Subsequently, the recorded profile of the water physique was printed. This printout supplied details about water depth, shallows, and obstacles within the water. Primarily based on these reconnaissance outcomes, the pioneers determined whether or not to determine a crossing level at that location and which implies to make use of.
As a part of its help for Ukraine, Germany has additionally delivered Sonobot 5 unmanned floor automobiles to the nation.