The Russian Navy is testing marine robots that are capable of underwater monitoring to secure civilian and naval bases, Izvestia reported, citing sources within the country’s defense ministry.
According to the Moscow-based outlet, unmanned devices will be deployed for mine detection and inspection of ships, submarines, and underwater structures.
The navy’s Counteraction Underwater Diversionary Forces and Facilities (PDSS) are testing the devices, capable of functioning autonomously as well as by remote control.
Rear Admiral Vsevolod Khmyrov explained that “the arrival of robotic systems that can illuminate the situation is necessary,” adding that the robots would also have offensive capabilities to neutralize mines and other underwater threats.
Afterward, the outlet referred to a “hydroacoustic anti-sabotage” system (DIABAS) it had reported on earlier to be deployed at naval bases. Without clarifying whether the DIABAS is the aforementioned marine robot, the outlet stated that the DIABAS provides target designation to special forces on guard at facilities, adding that the system can classify intruders and describe types of equipment to alert soldiers.
This anti-sabotage robotic device includes a standard container with equipment and camera seats, as well as a set of sonar systems. The system is intended for fixing underwater noise and determining their sources – combat swimmers or enemy underwater unmanned vehicles. Also, unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to monitor the waters and search for threats.