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As per a report in Jane’s Defence News, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), a leading Indian shipyard, revealed its state-of-the-art Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Swarm System during the Lima 2023 defence exhibition.

In a coordinated swarm configuration, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) will consist of three integral units. Serving as the central hub, the first AUV will assume the role of the master, while the other two will function as slaved systems.

The second AUV will specialize in mine detection, diligently searching for potential threats, while the third AUV will possess the necessary tools and capabilities to neutralize identified mines. The master AUV will facilitate seamless communication between the AUVs and the surface mother ship, taking charge of directing and orchestrating the operations of the slaved AUVs.

With a weight of 60 kg, these AUVs boast impressive operational capabilities. They can maintain a steady speed of 4 knots for a duration of up to four hours, ensuring efficient and prolonged missions. Additionally, these AUVs possess a payload capacity of 7 kg, enabling them to carry essential equipment and instruments for various tasks.

Furthermore, their versatile design allows for launch and recovery from both Indian Navy surface ships and submarine torpedo tubes. This adaptability enhances the Navy’s operational flexibility, enabling the AUVs to be deployed from different platforms based on mission requirements.

The swarm system’s autonomous drones utilize a combination of advanced sensors, artificial intelligence, and real-time data processing to autonomously sweep large areas for mines. Their agile and compact design enables them to navigate challenging underwater environments with ease, minimizing the risk of entanglement. These highly maneuverable drones work in harmony, executing precise search patterns and sharing valuable information in real time, ensuring quick and accurate detection of threats.

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