World’s first resident subsea drone programme awarded

The world’s first resident subsea contract has been awarded to Modus by Equinor Energy for the autonomous deployment of a Saab Sabertooth underwater robot, which will remain docked on the seabed between tasks.

Residency of robotic systems will reduce operational expenditure, remove humans from offshore work, and reduce environmental impact, says the industry.

The Saab Sabertooth will remain at a subsea docking station for charging and data transfer between missions at the Johan Sverdrup oil field, Norway.

Over-the-horizon mission management will come from Modus’ Command and Control Centre at their UK head office.

Modus was one of Saab’s first commercial customers for the Sabertooth system and both organisations have a strong and collaborative relationship.

Modus chose Sabertooth as the world’s only roaming and hovering multi-role, 360° manoeuvrable system that enables fully flexible dual autonomous and intervention operations from a single platform, fitted with cameras, sonars and tooling.

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