The Houthi Navy has seized an autonomous spy underwater vehicle in the waters around Yemen’s coast.
The Houthi Navy released short video showing the seized underwater drone looks like as the REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle. The REMUS (Remote Environmental Measuring UnitS) is a marine robot developed by Kongsberg Maritime.
The REMUS 600 AUV / marine robot was designed through funding from the Office of Naval Research to support the Navy’s growing need for operations requiring extended endurance, increased payload capacity, and greater operating depth. The AUVs can be equipped with a variety of payloads and sensors the meet the customer’s requirements in both oceanic and shallow waters.
The REMUS 600 has been designed to operate to depths of 600 meters, allowing for greatly increased operational scope. The highly versatile system can also be configured for 1500 meter operations.
REMUS units were used successfully in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom to detect mines, and in 2011 during the fourth search for the missing aircraft “black boxes” from the crashed Air France flight AF447,which they successfully found.