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Sabertooth - powerful and versatile

Sabertooth is a versitile and flexible system, which can be used in a wide area of underwater operations. With Sabertooth, the user can access installations that cannot be reached with ships due to ice or weather conditions.

Sabertooth is a very powerful but lightweight inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) platform. As a subsea resident system, the vehicle is housed at the docking unit where its batteries can be recharged. The Sabertooth Docking Station is rated to a depth of 3,000 m, providing a battery recharging facility and protection for the vehicle for 6 months.

This unit allows data to be uploaded to the surface and new instructions to be downloaded. Its small size, tether-free operation and manoeuvrability ensure easy and safe access inside and around complex structures. This makes it ideal for offshore survey work and autonomous IMR of subsea installations and tunnels. Sabertooth can swim autonomously to the docking unit and remain there 24/7 for more than six months without maintenance, eliminating the cost of surface vessels. This deep-water hovering hybrid AUV/ROV benefits from 360° manoeuvrability with six degrees of freedom, interfaces for sensors and auxiliary equipment. It also utilises advanced autopilot functionality.


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