Saab Unveils Underwater IED Robot

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Saab Unveils Underwater IED Robot
Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Saab presented its remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Sea Wasp, at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

Sea Wasp, which relocates, identifies and neutralizes underwater improvised explosive devices (IEDs), is designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

To produce the Sea Wasp, Saab leveraged technology from its Saab Seaeye line of commercial ROVs, and added capabilities previously developed for its military systems portfolio. The company then worked with the U.S. Underwater Hazardous Device Response Community to adopt it for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) purposes and procedures.

"Sea Wasp is a hybrid of pre-existing Saab technologies that can now be applied to an urgent worldwide need," said Bert Johansson, Sales Director for Underwater Systems within Saab's Dynamics business area.

Today, most underwater IED threats are disposed of manually by trained EOD divers.  Sea Wasp is operated remotely by two-person teams, allowing for a safe distance between operators and IEDs.

To test Sea Wasp, Saab has partnered with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) in providing Sea Wasp prototypes to three EOD agencies: the U.S. Navy EOD Group 2, the FBI Counter-IED Unit, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's Counter-Terrorist Operations Maritime Response Unit.  All three agencies have received Sea Wasp training; testing and evaluation is being carried out over the next 10 to 12 months.

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