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ROTV to aid development and testing of new UXO detection and classification methods

4th February 2019

MacArtney, Denmark, reports it is to deliver a FOCUS 3 ROTV to the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at the University of Washington, USA.


The FOCUS 3 represents the third generation of FOCUS vehicles in the MacArtney ROTV family.


“The FOCUS 3 is the result of over 25 years of constant product development and customer feedback,” said the company. “The design philosophy of the FOCUS 3 system is to provide a robust, easy-to-use, accurate, steerable, open and flexible instrumentation platform that can be deployed for a wide variety of underwater data acquisition and inspection applications.”


In this case, the FOCUS 3 will be deployed by APL to develop and test new methods for UXO unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection and classification.


As a current owner of the MacArtney TRIAXUS ROTV – a system closely related to the new FOCUS 3 – APL’s prior experience led to its choice of the FOCUS 3 ROTV, according to MacArtney.


“As an open and flexible instrumentation platform that can be deployed for a wide variety of underwater data acquisitions and inspection applications, the FOCUS 3 ROTV is perfect for its new role in UXO detection. The stable flight characteristics and high data transmission bandwidth, paired with its proven record of accomplishment, provides a new vehicle enabling growth in sonar technology,” the firm said.

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