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WDS 2024: BAE Systems' Extra Large Autonomous Underwater vehicle tailored for Middle eastern market?.

| Naval News Navy 2024

At the World Defence Show 2024, the Herne, an Extra Large Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (XLAUV), was featured, highlighting advancements in underwater military technology.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A model of the Herne Extra Large Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The design of the Herne incorporates the latest in battery, propulsion, and autonomy technologies, ensuring extended mission endurance. It is equipped with adaptable payload modules for both underwater and surface operations, capable of carrying a wide variety of mission-specific equipment for defensive and expeditionary roles.

The vehicle integrates sophisticated autonomous systems, flexible software that can be reconfigured for various operations, components designed to minimize detection, and secure communication systems for effective coordination.

Its design benefits from a deep understanding of naval architecture, enabling the integration of multiple payloads, such as ROVs, range extenders, and advanced sonars. Furthermore, it includes a reliable navigation system essential for precise operations.

The modular approach of the Herne allows for the addition of hull sections to enhance capabilities as needed. This flexibility supports various launch and recovery methods and provides a large payload space.

The Herne is designed to support a range of applications, including anti-submarine warfare, the protection of critical infrastructure, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

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