L3 ASV has delivered a long-endurance autonomous vessel for military data gathering trials to the UK’s Royal Navy.


The 4.8m 'C-Enduro' operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView. Credit: L3 ASV

The 4.8m C-Enduro is equipped with 10 sensors combining scientific and hydrographic survey equipment and operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView. This enables a range of autonomous control modes, including line following, station-keeping and geofencing. The vessel is also fitted with L3 ASV’s advanced autonomy package, ensuring situational awareness and smart path planning.

Vince Dobbin, sales and marketing director for L3 ASV, said: “This vessel is an evolution of our existing C-Enduro product range and provides the unique capability to collect a variety of data during any one mission over extended periods.”

Embracing autonomy

C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) programme as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology.

“The different ways in which the C-Enduro can be operated will allow the Navy to test and develop the ability of an autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) to effectively gather important hydrographic data and potentially form part of a future capability to be delivered by the MHC programme,” said Alex du Pre, MHC team lead at defence equipment and support.

This project marks the fourth delivery of a C-Enduro vessel, and previous successful missions include an 11-day over-the-horizon marine science mission north of Scotland for the National Oceanography Centre.

By Rebecca Jeffrey