Today, 99% of the world's information flow passes through the 450 submarine cables lying on the ocean floor. Monitoring the underwater communication to ensure the integrity of the data exchanged is thus an important issue, which will only increase over time and which will need to address effectively the dual requirements of scientific knowledge and military intelligence.
Whereas the deep sea was until recently difficult to access, we now need to understand this environment, monitor it and be able to intervene in it.
Some countries already have the capacity to reach such depths to intercept communications passing through these cables, other countries may want to adapt to the ability of collecting this data and adopt technological advances available.
With its A18 AUV range, ECA Group has developed a family of AUVs as a best balance for compactness, endurance, performance, modularity, innovation and competitiveness. The A18 range, which covers depths up to 3000m, has an outstanding navigation accuracy and stability allowing to obtain high resolution images precisely georeferenced. Confirming that the A18 fulfils defence and security missions as well as missions for civil applications such as inspection or cartography, ECA Group recently delivered an A18D to a scientific player.
ECA Group’s latest innovative AUV milestone is the ultra-deep water AUV. Designed and produced in collaboration with Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea), this AUV features numerous new technologies to accomplish disruptive mission scenarios associating long range multi-sensor surveying with event-driven close-to-seafloor hovering for optical ground truthing and local inspection. Designed for exploration of the deep ocean, it operates down to 6000 meters’ ocean depth for up to 48 hours.
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