BAE Detects Mines With Unmanned Sub

 The Talisman L uses high-definition forward- and sideways-looking sonars, as well as a host of multiview cameras.
Publish date:
Updated on

BAE Systems has launched its first unmanned autonomous submarine to detect and deal with the growing threat of explosive mines hidden in shallow coastal waters, the company said.

The 50-kilogram (110-pound) vessel, the Talisman L, uses high-definition forward and sideways looking sonars, as well as a host of multiview cameras. It has a high degree of maneuverability—it can turn within its own length and is able to operate at depths of 100 meters for up to 12 hours. With a top speed of more than five knots, it can hover and move around in any direction.

Image placeholder title

BAE Talisman

“While open water threats remain significant, there is an increasing need for a threat detection capability in confined coastal areas. With our new Talisman L we are providing a way of protecting our service men and women in these port and harbour environments,” said Paul Laity, naval programs director at BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies. “Talisman L can be deployed from almost any vessel, including rigid inflatable boats, and can be controlled either from a stand-alone console or integrated into a command ship’s Combat Management System, saving space and increasing operational effectiveness.”

The submarine can operate autonomously, using pre-set mission parameters, but operators can assume manual control at any time giving it significant tactical flexibility and command oversight.

Talisman L is one of a range of Talisman autonomous unmanned vehicles that share open platform architectures, mission system components and command and training infrastructures.

One of the key features of the Talisman L is its ability to become a payload for the much larger “mother ship” Talisman M unmanned submarine. This combination allows operators to undertake a fully integrated approach to mine counter-measures, from detection through to neutralization.

BAE Systems