Modus adds another Saab Seaeye Sabertooth

Source: press release, 5 May 2019

Sabertooth’s manoeuvrability, stability and ability to work in tough and challenging environments makes it a vehicle capable of many different tasks
Sabertooth’s manoeuvrability, stability and ability to work in tough and challenging environments makes it a vehicle capable of many different tasks (photo: Modus)

Modus, specialist global provider of modular subsea vehicles and managed services for inspection, intervention, trenching, survey and construction support, is adding a second Saab Seaeye Sabertooth to its Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) fleet.

The 3,000-metre rated Sabertooth will be equipped with extended autonomous endurance and increased thrust for high speed survey and ready for the integration of advanced and high-resolution sensors for different types of applications and operations.

Jake Tompkins, CEO Modus says, “We are continuing to bring to market highly differentiated capabilities as we develop not only a fleet of autonomous vehicles but also AI and machine learning methods for integrating data, data visualisation, remote vehicle control and mission planning.”

The Modus vehicle has all the advanced features of Saab’s military hybrid AUV/ROVs, combined with the Saab Seaeye technology that includes iCON intelligent control behaviour-based architecture.

Sabertooth is the only roaming and hovering system with 360-degree orientation that can operate in both fully autonomous (AUV) and tethered (ROV) modes, enabling fully flexible dual operations from a single platform.

Saab Seaeye’s Anne-Marie Vösu, head of Dynamics business unit Underwater Systems at Saab Dynamics adds, “It’s great to receive further orders from Modus, it is a proof from the customer that they are satisfied with Saab’s unique AUV/ROV hybrid solution that we are continuing to develop for customers further needs.”