Navy Deploys Mine Disposal System in Persian Gulf

Posted on Jul 12th, 2012 with tags , , , , , , , , , .

Navy Deploys Mine Disposal System in Persian Gulf

The Navy is deploying numerous underwater drones to search for and destroy sea mines in the Persian Gulf. This is a part of an American military buildup aimed at stopping Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the event of a crisis, heraldnet.com reports.

The unmanned and remotely guided submersibles can carry a TV camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. These little-known German-made devices, known as the SeaFox, once they find the mine, will explode together with it.

The SeaFox torpedo-like submersibles have been available for a decade and are used by about 10 countries.

The device is controlled by a 3,000-foot fiber-optic cable and sends live video back to a camera operator at a console. It operates up to 984 feet deep and travels at a speed of up to 6 knots.

The device can be deployed from a minesweeper, a helicopter, small boats or any other ships.


Subsea World News Staff , July 12, 2012;  Image: idexuae

Share this article from Subsea World News


Follow Subsea World News via:







LB
McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams