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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed details about a groundbreaking underwater vehicle, the High Endurance Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HEAUV). This mini-submarine boasts impressive capabilities, making it a valuable asset for India’s maritime security and research endeavours.

The HEAUV’s key strengths lie in its long endurance, autonomous operation, and diverse mission capabilities. This underwater drone can operate for extended periods without human intervention, ideal for long-range missions. Autonomous ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) missions are a major strength, allowing for covert data collection without risking personnel. The HEAUV is also equipped for limited combat capability, offering an additional layer of strategic flexibility.

This multi-mission marvel can be deployed for a wide range of tasks. Detection of submarines and mines is a critical function, ensuring the safety of India’s territorial waters. The HEAUV can also be used for bathymetry and oceanography, gathering vital data on the underwater landscape. Additionally, its ability to detect emergency beacons makes it a valuable tool for search and rescue operations.

The MoD report highlights the ongoing integration of the HEAUV with Carrier-1, suggesting a future where these underwater drones can be deployed from larger platforms, extending their operational range and capabilities.

The HEAUV’s development signifies a significant advancement in India’s underwater defence and research capabilities. This versatile mini-submarine promises to play a vital role in safeguarding India’s maritime interests and furthering our understanding of the ocean depths.

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