The Use of Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles in EOD
ROVs to Support Military, First Responders and Security Teams
Global EOD Symposium & Exhibition is a platform that addresses training and technology developed to support EOD personal and their teams in multiple services around the world. Remotely operated vehicles (ROV) are becoming a support mechanism for these highly advanced teams and Deep Trekker was on site with the DTG2 and DTX2 talking safety and efficiency.
Drones and ROVs are advancing the way EOD units manage the identification of, extraction and detonation of ordnance/IEDs. From aerial drones completing ground surveys, to first responder robots meant to deploy and contain landmines, to Deep Trekker’s underwater ROVs now being used for the purpose of subsurface ordnance detection and dive safety inspections.
“[EOD] includes bombs and warheads, guided and ballistic missiles, artillery, mortar, rocket and small arms ammunition; all mines; torpedos and depth charges; demolition charges, pyrotechnics; clusters and dispensers; cartridge and propellant actuated devices; clandestine and improvised explosive devices, and all similar or related items or components explosive in nature”. ~ Glossary of the International Ammunition and Technology Guidelines – S3.101–
Underwater Reconnaissance to Identify Ordinance – EOD
EOD units are highly trained personel with an incredibly dangerous mission. They need extensive knowledge across multiple platforms of technology; advanced and archaic, given the broad definition of the munitions they identify and dispose of. Devices are found around the globe, in current conflict zones as well as remnants of wars gone – in now heavily populated civilian areas. The incorporation of ROVs as a tool for early detection, surveillance and initial inspection, has radically increased both the efficiency of teams and the safety of units across all services of the military.
The magnitude of the number of ordnance/IEDs in existence today is hard to grasp. More than 550,000 sea mines were laid during World War II which could still detonate by contact, or by sensing the magnetic change by a passing ship or submarine. Modern advancements in these devices mean they have begun to appear on vessels, bridges and underwater structures such as piers. Clearance Divers are often placed in harm’s way while performing underwater reconnaissance to identify ordnance. The ROVs can identify the ordnance and aid in the removal of the device without a diver being put at risk.
Deep Trekker is very proud to offer technology offering support and safety to the men and women who risk their lives around the world. Learning from hands on operators and officers at the Global EOD Exhibit was a fantastic opportunity to understand the needs and concerns of those on the front line and work in tandem to continue to develop advanced products in this sector.