Double Eagle Mk. II

HMAS Yarra’s Double Eagle mine disposal vehicle arrives back to the ship after conducting a mine search off the coast of Tasmania.
Unmanned System Type
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV)
Class
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Role
  • Mine identification
  • Mine disposal
Builder
Saab
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 2.2 metres
Beam 1.3 metres
Performance
Speed 6 knots (maximum)
Range 500 metres (operational depth)
Armament
Physical Countermeasures Disposal charge
Sonars Close range identification sonar
Electro-optic Systems Closed-circuit, low light colour camera

The Royal Australian Navy's Huon class minehunter, coastal vessels are fitted with a pair of electrically powered Saab Double Eagle Mk. II remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) for mine disposal. The Double Eagle is equipped with a searchlight, closed-circuit low light television camera and an on-board close range identification sonar. Commands are relayed via a fibre optic link inside the vehicle's 1,000 metre tether, which also relays sensor images for display on the ship's multifunction console in the operations room.

Each Double Eagle ROV is fitted with either a disposal charge slung beneath or an explosive or mechanical cutter designed to sever the wire rope or chain holding moored mines.

HMAS Huon recovers its Double Eagle Mk. II unmanned underwater vehicle.
HMAS Huon recovers its Double Eagle Mk. II unmanned underwater vehicle.

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