Seafox drone

Summary

Seafox Mine Disposal System Onboard HMS Bangor off Libya MOD 45153320.jpg
HMS Bangor deploys Seafox-C off Libya in 2011
Class overview
NameSeaFox
BuildersAtlas Elektronik
Operators United States

 United Kingdom

 Finland

 Germany

 Netherlands

 Belgium
General characteristics
TypeUnmanned Undersea Vehicle
Length1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
PropulsionFour independent motors plus hover thruster
SpeedMax. 4kn
Range1 km (0.62 mi)
Endurance~ 800m
Seafox-I of the Finnish Navy

The Seafox is an anti-mine remotely operated vehicle (ROV) manufactured by German company Atlas Elektronik to locate and destroy ground and moored mines. There are two versions and a training version. The orange Seafox-I "inspection" variant has sonar and an Inertial navigation system, and the black Seafox-C "combat" round has a 1.4 kg shaped charge warhead. The system is in service with eleven navies across seventy platforms.

Service history

In 2001 the Royal Navy leased some Seafox drones for use on HMS Bangor and HMS Blyth off Iraq as part of Operation Telic. The Bangor also deployed them off Libya in 2011.

External links

  • Official website
  • Atlas Elektronik - Minehunting and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
  • US strengthens its military might in the Gulf