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Belgian Defence Acquires Six Exail’s R7 ROVs

Our Bureau - : Apr 2, 2024 - : 11:51 pm

Belgian Defence has placed an order for six R7 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) from Exail. These unmanned underwater vehicles are set to bolster the Belgian Armed Forces’ capabilities for underwater explosive ordnance (EOD) inspection and disposal, enhancing security for harbours, coastal areas, ships, and critical infrastructures.

“We would like to thank the Belgian Defense for the trust they place in us by selecting the R7 ROV. This order from a nation renowned for its expertise in underwater operations, confirms the R7’s capabilities for critical infrastructure protection, explosive ordnance disposal and inspection missions up to 300m depth. “Said Nicolas Astruc, Managing Director of ROV at Exail.

“The introduction of ROV R7s in the Belgian Navy marks a significant advance in the protection of Belgian waters; for underwater explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) inspection and removal, security of ports, coastal areas, ships and key infrastructures. This initiative demonstrates the Navy’s commitment to continuously improving its capabilities and ensuring the safety of both its personnel and the environment in which they operate.” Stated the Belgian Defense

The R7 ROV boasts cost-efficiency, compactness, and versatility, allowing for easy deployment and operation from small boats like RHIBs or shore stations. With the capability to accommodate a robotic arm and various payloads, it is designed to be highly adaptable for diverse missions.

For EOD neutralization tasks, the R7 can be equipped with a specialised payload featuring a neutralization charge. It ensures precise positioning through integrated INS, DVL, and USBL sensors, complemented by a multibeam sonar and Orphie 12S camera for accurate target detection and identification, even in challenging conditions.


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