UK Robots Will Hunt Underwater Mines

    May 30, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Britain’s Royal Navy should gain ten advanced unmanned mine-hunting craft next year.

In a statement issued by the British Ministry of Defense, the nation will take a step toward tracking down underwater mines with advanced technology.

The $5 million USD purchase of the units by the Defense Procurement Agency will allow the robots to begin service next year. The Remote Environmental Monitoring Units, called REMUS, will do a dangerous job that had been performed by highly trained divers.

“REMUS will give the Royal Navy the ability to undertake rapid mine reconnaissance in very shallow water – cold and dangerous work in an area which up until now could only be done by divers,” said the Defense Procurement Minister, Lord Drayson.

“It is an advanced new capability that I am delighted to say will not only reduce the risk to divers during mine detection operations, but also help the Royal Navy undertake a wide range of other important tasks, from supporting search and salvage operations to protecting our ports and harbors against terrorist attack.”

The REMUS robots will be in service for about five years. While they will be able to detect mines, the task of removing them will still fall to human divers.

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