Hydroid demonstrates underwater launch of Aerovironment’s Blackwing UAV

Hydroid, Inc. teamed with L3 Aerospace Systems, Sparton Corporation and AeroVironment, Inc. to successfully demonstrate the latest unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities, including the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at ANTX in Newport, RI last month.

Outfitted with L3’s Rio Nino signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection payload and a Sparton Hammerhead canister containing an AeroVironment Blackwing UAV, the Hydroid REMUS 600 (also known as the MK18 Mod 2 and Littoral Battlespace Sensing – AUV) conducted a threat mission scenario. The fully-integrated vehicle demonstrated the clandestine insertion of above water intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), including the real-time collection of information, and the launch of a UAV covertly from depth.

“ANTX is an excellent opportunity for companies like ours to demonstrate the latest concepts and capabilities. With our partners, we were able to prove that UUVs are cross domain systems,” said Tom Reynolds, Hydroid’s vice president of U.S. Government Business. “These technologies were very easy to integrate and we look forward to building on what we have learned from this demonstration.”

ANTX is an advanced naval technology exercise that features live demonstrations, above and below water, of the latest technology capabilities.


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