The Thai Navy has awarded Atlas Elektronik, a producer of naval and maritime security systems, a contract for three SeaFox surveillance platforms.
The SeaFox system is a remote controlled, unmanned 16-foot Zodiac-style boat that can get up close to suspicious targets fast and quickly stream live color video back to a Windows PC workstation. There are different versions of the SeaFox that are focused on different missions.
The Thai Navy is ordering three SeaFox platforms for use with a corresponding number of SeaFox I units for inspection and training, and a small number of SeaFox C combat units for mine disposal.
The SeaFox C is a guided disposal vehicle used for semi-autonomous disposal of mines and other ordnance. It is able to automatically relocate the previously acquired positions of underwater objects through the use of integrated homing sonar and then destroy them with a built-in, shaped charge.
The Thai Navy has four mine counter-measures vessels, all of which are equipped with mine warfare systems made by Atlas, and the naval force is expected to order more SeaFox C units, the company says.