Singapore: The Singapore navy is testing an
unmanned underwater vessel capable of detecting and
destroying mines as part of its modernisation plans, a report
The remotely-controlled mine-hunting vessel is able to
operate at depths of 100 metres (330 feet) for up to five
hours and hit a maximum speed of six knots, the Straits Times
Electronic devices attached to the 2.5 metre-long
vessel, which is developed locally, enable it to scan the
seabed to detect and destroy mines.
The vessel is part of the Singapore Navy`s drive to
modernise its fleet using unmanned systems.
It will be able to undertake tasks "too dangerous and
difficult" for navy personnel, the newspaper quoted Chief of
Navy Chew Men Leong as saying.
The navy currently has two types of unmanned surface
vessels in active service, but both do not possess
mine-hunting capabilities, the report said.
Mine-hunting is important for the Singapore navy because
the city-state is located near the Strait of Malacca, one of
the world`s busiest shipping lanes.