The Bluefin-12D is a modular autonomous underwater vehicle with flexibility that allows for swappable payloads. Not only can it dive deeper, but it has greater energy and payload capacity than its shallower counterpart. The Bluefin-12D is a combination of immense capability and efficient packaging customizable for a variety of applications.
FREE-FLOODED MODULARITY – The vehicle design includes swappable payload sections and battery modules for in-field mission reconfiguration. Subsystems can be quickly accessed for rapid turnaround between missions and also allow for in-field maintenance, accelerating operational tempo.
VERSATILITY & SCALABILITY – Standard building blocks enable a variety of configurations without having to design from scratch. The Bluefin-12D can accommodate new payloads and enhanced energy sections – evolving with expanding requirements or changing applications. It can also be delivered with an empty payload section and a standard payload interface for customer payload integration.
ACCURATE NAVIGATION – The Bluefin-12D uses an INS to provide the best possible navigation accuracy. Dead reckoning drift is typically less than 0.1% of distance traveled, yielding higher quality data. USBL aiding further improves navigation accuracy.
EASE OF USE – An intuitive software package enables quick and easy planning and monitoring of missions and rapid post-mission processing and display, and is capable of exporting data to third-party software.
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|Diameter||12.75 in (32 cm)|
|Length||14.2 ft (432 cm)|
|Weight (Dry)||574 lb (260 kg)|
|Buoyancy||8 lb (3.6 kg) net positive|
|Lift Points||1 (located mid-vehicle)|
|Depth Rating||4,921 ft (1,500 m)|
|Endurance||30 hours @ 3 knots with standard payload|
|Speed||Up to 5 knots|
|Energy||7.5 kWh of total energy
Five 1.5 kWh battery packs
|Propulsion||Gimbaled, ducted thruster for
propulsion and control
|Navigation||Real-time accuracy ≤ 0.1% of D.T. CEP 50
INS, DVL, SVS and GPS
USBL tracking with vehicle position updates
|Antenna||Integrated — GPS, RF, Iridium and strobe|
|Communications||RF, Iridium and acoustic;
Ethernet via shore power cable
|Safety Systems||Fault and leak detection, dropweight,
acoustic tracking transponder,
strobe, RDF and Iridium
(all independently powered)
|Software||GUI-based Operator Tool Suite|
|Data Management||4 GB flash drive for vehicle data
Plus additional payload storage
|Swappable Payload 1:
EdgeTech 2200-MP 120/410 kHz side scan sonar
Swappable Payload 2:
Digital camera, LED-based strobe