Navantia, SAES, and Perseo commit to developing a line of unmanned underwater vehicles

Navantia, SAES, and Perseo have announced during the FEINDEF (defence and security exhibition) their intention to develop a line of unmanned underwater vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art sensors to deploy exploration and surveillance capabilities in increasingly demanding operational theatres.

Navantia has launched a roadmap to incorporate a range of solutions based on unmanned vehicles (UXV) into its product catalogue, aiming to cover the full spectrum of missions to be executed in different domains: naval, aerial, and land, where these platforms provide tactical superiority. This roadmap is part of the company’s Horizon 5.0, a long-term plan through which Navantia aims to strengthen its systems business as a core activity alongside shipbuilding, intelligent services, and green energies.

In the submarine domain, SAES, a leading company in underwater acoustics and electronics with nearly 35 years of experience in developing technologies in this field, positions itself as one of the main national players to provide tactical and mission capabilities to unmanned vehicles (UXVs) based on its expertise in sonar technology, underwater communications, and operational concepts for various missions. SAES, whose essence and strategy are summarised in its new brand “innovate, develop, and protect”, approaches this field from two perspectives: collaborating in their development to make them truly autonomous and using them in conjunction with other proprietary systems to provide submarine defence solutions within the scope of its business lines.

Perseo Techworks, a Spanish company specialising in UXV, numerical simulation, onboard electronics, rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, IoT, and artificial intelligence, has extensive knowledge and experience in the sector, participating in various European projects and R&D+i at the national level.

SAES and Perseo, together with Abance Ingeniería y Servicios, Arisnova, and Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions, participate in the E-PARK+ project, led by Navantia, which seeks to develop solutions for digitising the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms using unmanned vehicles alongside other industry companies.

At FEINDEF, a UUV prototype with distinctive features that would allow it to cover a multitude of missions has been exhibited. This first approach is focused on its use in mine countermeasure (MCM) missions, although its possible application as an advanced sensor or loitering munition is being studied based on the same development and with few modifications.

Donato Martínez Pérez de Rojas, Director of Technologies and Digital Transformation and Systems and Services at Navantia, Joaquín López Pagán, President and CEO of SAES, and Sergio Olmos Guío, CEO of Perseo Techworks, have expressed their commitment to collaborate in promoting innovation in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles.

“Unmanned vehicles are an asset of growing importance for the armed forces and civilian applications. Navantia already has experience in the development of unmanned surface vessels (USV), and together with SAES and Perseo, we want to expand our catalogue to those intended for the submarine domain,” said Donato Martínez.

According to SAES President Joaquín López Pagán, “at SAES, we are committed to the development of sustainable technologies in the naval sector. Our experience in underwater acoustics and electronics positions us as one of the main players in providing autonomy to unmanned vehicles and collaborating in their development to make them truly autonomous. Moreover, as they do not require human crew members, these vehicles are a safer and more economical option for carrying out defence missions and civilian applications.”

“The development of unmanned systems requires specific technologies and working methodologies for competitive developments. Perseo Techworks works on these enabling technologies within a work scheme that allows for rapid iterations, in which simulation, rapid prototyping, and testing and trial capabilities are intertwined to create products with very short development times and adaptable to a constantly changing market,” says Sergio Olmos Guío.

Navantia, SAES, and Perseo commit to developing a line of unmanned underwater vehicles

SAES and CTN will work together for sustainable technological innovation in the naval sector and for the protection of the marine environment

The International Defence and Security Exhibition, FEINDEF, has been the setting this morning for the signing of an agreement between SAES and the Naval and Maritime Technology Centre (CTN), in which both entities will work together to raise awareness among civil society about the problems of underwater noise pollution, develop technologies that enable sustainable digital transformation in the naval sector, and address challenges in the maritime industry to drive innovation while protecting seas and oceans.

The signing of this agreement, attended by the President of SAES, Joaquín López Pagán, the President of CTN, Mariano Jiménez, and the Director of the Murcian Technology Centre, Noelia Ortega, aims to have technologists from both sides create a new joint paradigm by applying their knowledge and experience to projects focused on the care of the marine environment, becoming a benchmark for environmental stewardship within the national business community.

During the signing, which took place at the booth of the Institute for the Promotion of the Region of Murcia (INFO) at FEINDEF, the Regional Minister for Business, Social Economy and Self-Employment of the Region of Murcia, Valle Miguélez Santiago, and the Director of INFO, Joaquín Gómez, were also present, expressing their support for this alliance that confirms the competitiveness of Murcia region companies and their good health in R&D&I development. Miguélez highlighted “the potential that exists in the Region of Murcia to participate in defence and security projects, combining the experience of already established companies in these types of projects with the fresh knowledge and technology provided by startups, innovative SMEs and technology centres.”

In this agreement, SAES will contribute its technological capabilities, knowledge and talent to deepen its sustainability strategy, with one of its objectives being to protect the marine environment and cooperate, through technological reflection, in a product development vision that helps reduce acoustic and electromagnetic pollution in seas and oceans. López also believes that this alliance significantly contributes to achieving results that will build a more habitable world and, above all,

solve the existing problems in the sea, as “SAES, which has already participated in research projects and acoustic impact studies, demonstrates today that it is taking a further step in its commitment to the conservation of oceans and long-term sustainability by addressing the issue of this invisible but audible pollution,” he emphasises. 

According to the President of the company specialising in underwater acoustics and electronics, the essence of SAES lies in innovation, development and protection, and this commitment extends the public company’s vision to incorporate environmental protection value into its business activities. In the words of Joaquín López, the collaboration “could not be otherwise than with the Naval and Maritime Technology Centre, a reference in the field of marine environment sustainability, and we must congratulate them for the work they do, as well as their president, Mariano Jiménez, and their director, Noelia Ortega.”

On her part, the director of CTN pointed out that the alliance demonstrates the technology centre’s commitment, on one hand, to sustainability and, on the other hand, to the productive sectors of the region and the state. “We have been conducting research related to sustainability and the potential impact of underwater noise for years; however, we see that in order to address this challenge more broadly and, in some way, transfer the results of this research and turn them into real benefits for society, we need to work hand in hand with the industry.” Ortega stressed that SAES’ nearly 35 years of experience as the leading exponent in underwater acoustics and electronics in the defence industry is key to demonstrating the true commitment and intention to provide society with the transfer of knowledge on underwater noise in the civil sphere.

Mariano Jiménez, during the signing of this agreement, recalled that “the CTN, created in its origins as a meeting point between the different actors of the maritime and naval industrial ecosystem, aims to promote the exchange of information between professionals from the administration, public and private organisations, companies and academia, in order to identify their needs and also the opportunities in the sector.” He also emphasised that these sector needs derive from the major challenges facing the defence and security sector in Spain and even Europe, which are: being competitive in a global environment, adapting and taking advantage of the opportunities of digital transformation, and ensuring the sustainability of our seas and oceans.

SAES presents its latest solutions on defence and security at IDEX & NAVDEX 2023, the industry’s largest exhibition in the MENA region

IDEX & NAVDEX 2023 exhibitions are being held from 20th to 24th February in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (United Arab Emirates). Both are considered the largest exhibitions in the defence and security sectors in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). SAEs presents at IDEX its solutions for underwater defence and security in the Spanish pavilion, organised by TEDAE (Spanish Association for Defence, Aeronautical and Space Technologies), as well as the MIRS system in the Navantia booth at NAVDEX.

Around 20 Spanish companies are showing their technological solutions at IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) and NAVDEX (Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition) from the 20th to 24th February at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both events are organised by ADNEC Group in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Defence.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of IDEX, the largest defence exhibition in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), where the latest technology for the aerial, land and naval defence. IDEX is promoted as an international platform to establish and strengthen networks with international decision-makers from within the defence industry, governments, armed forces and military personnel. The event has 1350 exhibiting companies and 350 official delegations from around the globe are attending.

SAES presence in the TEDAE Spanish pavilion

SAES takes part in the IDEX exhibition within the Spanish pavilion (booth 12 – E10) organised and coordinated by TEDAE (Spanish Association for Defence, Aeronautical and Space Technologies). SAES is present along with other national companies such as Arquimea, Aunav, Escribano Mechanical & Egineering, Expal, Hisdesat, i-4s, Instalaza, Iraundi, Jomipsa, Nammo, Navantia, Satlantis, Sener, Tecnobit – Grupo Oesía and Uro.

SAES is presenting at IDEX its latest technology and solutions for underwater defence and security in both the civilian and military sectors. With more than 30 years of experience in the naval sector, SAES develops smart naval mines, limpet naval mines, ASW systems, multi-influence range systems, and sonar and underwater protection systems for critical infrastructures.

One of the core pillars of the SAES Strategic Plan is the digital transformation that is being carried out in all its processes. It is in this context that the company commits to the use of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence in signal processing, to integrate the automatic detection and classification capabilities into its maritime safety and security systems. The second generation of SAES naval mines, MINEA-2, is designed as a complete system that provides combat, training and maintenance capabilities in its whole lifecycle.

SAES MIRS system at NAVDEX

SAES is showing its multi-influence signature measurement system (MIRS) at Navantia booth in NAVDEX (Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition).

The MIRS system is a portable signature measurement station that receives the full signature (acoustic, magnetic and electrical) of any surface ship or submarine. It can be also used as a discreet device to gather intelligence information of the underwater signature or as a tool to verify the levels of the ship signature before an ASW mission.

SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA DE ELECTRÓNICA SUBMARINA, S.M.E. has taken part in the International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2023 held in the United Arab Emirates, with the support of ICEX and the joint financing from the UE (European Regional Development Fund). Their contribution helped the economic growth of this company, its region and the whole of Spain.

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SAES takes part in the ePark+ project lead by Navantia on offshore wind farms

The ePark+ project aims to digitise the maintenance and protection of offshore wind farms by using unmanned vehicles (UAV). The major contribution from SAES to this project led by Navantia is on underwater sound propagation and the surveillance of underwater infrastructures. The project has been awarded seven million euros from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), an organisation belonging to Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation.

SAES is part of the consortium that is developing the ePark+ project, which has been selected in the 2022 Science and Innovation call for the CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology), an organisation belonging to Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Apart from SAES, the consortium consists of the following companies: Navantia as the leader of the project; Abance Ingeniería y Servicios, Arisnova, Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions and Perseo Techworks. The Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), AICIA (technology centre linked to Seville University) and FIDESOL.

This is a collaborative project that will contribute to the technological development of offshore wind. It started in December 2022 and is expected to continue until January 2025.

The ePark+ project has been awarded seven million euros by the CDTI to focus on the research and development of digital technologies for the operation support and maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind farms. The project is divided in two phases: obtaining a technological demonstrator of a smart system using unmanned vehicles specifically for this function previously mentioned; and developing a prototype to show its workings in a relevant and controlled environment.

The system consists of an unmanned surface vehicles (USV) that will act as a mother ship from which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) will be operated. This system will also have a remote control centre to centralise all of the information from the unmanned vehicle sensors.

SAES contribution to the ePark+ project concentrates on underwater sound propagation and the surveillance of underwater infrastructures by using sensors that are installed in those unmanned vehicles.

SAES participation in this project shows how dual-use technologies offer new exploitation and market opportunities, using technology developed in the defence sector and then successfully applied to the civilian sector. SAES is a lead expert on unmanned vehicles sensoring to adapt them to different uses by using artificial intelligence.

SAES takes part in the ePark+ project lead by Navantia on offshore wind farms

MIRICLE: a year on

As the European MIRICLE project will soon blow its first candle, it is time to settle down and look back above the shoulder. What have we reached?

The MIne RIsk CLearance for Europe project is an EDIDP project, funded by the European Commission and co-funded by some member states: BE, FR, NL, RO, PT, GR, ES, LV. It joins together 19 partners, from 10 countries. It started almost a year ago, on December 2021. Main objective is to guarantee EU sovereignty and supply chain across Europe. Path to follow is two-fold: deliver an innovative vision of the technological developments that shall be made in the upcoming years and create an MCM (Mine Counter Measure) European ecosystem.

So far, end-user requirements were collected. Several meetings and workshops were held and precious documents exchange were made. What for? To safeguard that MIRICLE innovation perspective indeed adheres to their actual needs. Afterwards, some technological bricks were investigated further in order to start drafting future on a more concrete basis. Loop back to end users was made, directions for the upcoming period were given. Is that all? No. We have learned to collaborate together. Consortium members first, leaving behind our personal interests for the benefits of the community. Consortium members and end users then, creating the relationship that is needed to exchange key information. But all this can not be led apart from the European Commission. Consortium members and the European Commission have also created a true partnership which is key for the project success!

MIRICLE project has received funding from the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). This communication reflects only the author’s view; and not the one of the Commission.

MIRICLE is an EDIDP (European Defence Industrial Development Programme) project aligned with the PESCO MAS MCM (Maritime Semi-Autonomous Mine Counter Measures) project. The project, which started on 1 December 2021, has a duration of 24 months and is led by Naval Group -Belgium- with the participation of 19 companies, including SAES.
MIRICLE is an EDIDP (European Defence Industrial Development Programme) project aligned with the PESCO MAS MCM (Maritime Semi-Autonomous Mine Counter Measures) project. The project, which started on 1 December 2021, has a duration of 24 months and is led by Naval Group -Belgium- with the participation of 19 companies, including SAES.

SAES presents its ASW and MIRS systems at the Chilean show Expo Naval 2022

SAES has showcased two of its systems at Expo Naval 2022: the SPAS (Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System) that are installed on board C-295 aircrafts since 2010, and the MIRS (Multi-Influence Signature Measurement for ships and submarines). The Chilean naval show is celebrated every two years since 1998 and it has been consolidated as an encounter in Latin America for the international defence industry.

The 12 International Naval Exhibition and Congress for Latin America took place from the 29th November to the 2nd December in Valaparaíso (Chile). Navy representatives from 35 countries attended the show, along with 160 exhibitor companies, leaders on technology solutions for the naval and defence industries.

SAES presented its latest generation of SPAS (Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System) and MIRS (Multi-Influence Signature Measurement for ships and submarines), among its solutions for Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) for detecting, locating and tracking underwater threats from aerial platforms.

SAES has vast experience developing these systems for international Navies such as those of Chile, Brazil or Sweden. Chile is a key country for SAES, as they have SAES SPAS system installed in their C-295 aircrafts since 2010.

Sonobuoys acoustic processor systems

Together with the SPAS system, the DISOUROS (Integrated ASW Solution for Dipping Sonar and Sonobuoys) are both ASW solutions in the international market lead, and are developed by SAES for warships, maritime patrol aircrafts, ASW helicopters and RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems).

SPAS is a solution for ASW aircrafts. An acoustic system integrated with the Tactical Mission System that allows detecting, locating and tracking submarines and ships by the acoustic signal measurement done by the sonobuoys deployed.

SPAS system is operational in different countries and different platforms such as the P-3B Orión and the C-295 aircrafts, and the SH-60B LAMPS and the A-109 helicopters.

The SPAS system also allows RPAS act as an advanced measurement station for the early warning of submarine contact.

The DISOURUS system incorporates the interoperability between the different ASW platforms involved, which allows to have a common operational picture with all the tactical information.

Underwater Signature Measurement

The MIRS system is a portable signature measurement station that receives the full signature (acoustic, magnetic and electrical) of any surface ship or submarine. It can be also used as a discreet device to gather intelligence information of the underwater signature or as a tool to verify the levels of the ship signature before an ASW mission.

Alejandro Rejas, head of Defence Market and Ignacio Gutiérrez, head of the ASW Line, representing SAES, together with frigate captain Sebastián Simenone.

SAES presents at Innovazul 2022 show its dual technology for the civil and environmental sectors

The 2nd International Meeting on Knowledge and the Blue Economy (Innovazul 2022) is a major international event about the present and the future of both the marine and maritime sectors, held in Cádiz from 29th November to 2nd December. SAES is here as specialist in acoustic and electronic underwater measurements. Its technology has dual applications for the civil and environmental sectors. SAES gave yesterday a presentation at the Open Innovation Area about ‘Ships Modeling  as a source of underwater pollution generated by radiated energy’.

InnovAzul 2022 is the meeting point for professionals from the Blue Economy sectors to promote innovation, knowledge transfer and the exchange of innovative technological solutions that increase the competitiveness of industry and society in the marine and maritime sectors. The 2nd International Meeting on Knowledge and the Blue Economy is organised by the Cadiz University (UCA) in cooperation with the Campus of International Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR), the European University of the Sea (SEA-EU) and other organisations in the framework of the ITEAzul European project.

In this second edition, the show gathers more than 2.000 participants among researchers, academia and institutions to lead the European strategy for the Blue Economy which promotes economic growth by preserving marine ecosystems and environmental sustainability.

Victoria Ruiz, CEO of SAES (in the centre), with Consuelo Lázaro, Operations Director (on the right), Sara García, Digital Transformation Manager (on the left) and Ernesto Eulogio, Engineering Services Line Manager.

Around 60 companies and institutions are present at the Congress Centre of Cádiz in working groups for bilateral meetings. SAES, as specialist in underwater acoustic and electronic measurement, is presenting its dual applications for the civil and environmental sectors. Among others, the estimation of underwater noise pollution and the protection of critical infrastructures from underwater threats.

Innovazul is the perfect frame for SAES to meet with universities and consulting companies in order to examine potential collaborations on underwater monitoring for environmental impact studies.

Presentation at the Open Innovation Area

In addition to the industry-specific sessions and networking activities, InnovAzul 2022 has also organised the ‘Open Innovation Area’ for researchers and institutions to present their initiatives and innovation projects.

The Open Innovation Area gathers in 9 themed sessions 46 brief presentations related to either traditional or emerging sectors of the Blue Economy, or cross-sectoral technologies.

SAES takes part in the theme ‘Key Enabling Technologies and #Blue #Economy’ tomorrow with a presentation about ‘Ships Modelling as a source of underwater pollution generated by radiated energy’ by Francisco Javier Rodrigo Saura, Maritime Security Line Manager.

Francisco Javier Rodrigo Saura, Maritime Security Line Manager, presenting his paper at the Open Innovation session of InnovAzul 2022.

SAES presents at Indo Defence its solutions for maritime security and underwater defence

SAES is participating in one of the greatest Defence exhibitions in South-East Asia: Indo Defence 2022, which takes place from 2nd to 5th November in Jakarta. SAES presents its latest systems in underwater security, measurement and protection at the show, and will host a conference on smart naval mines.

SAES is taking part in the Indo Defence international exhibition in Jakarta from 2nd to 5th November, organised by the Indonesia Ministry of Defence, with the participation of 59 countries.

Además, la compañía está manteniendo reuniones B2B con diversas A mockup of SAES smart naval mine, MINEA, is being showcased at the SAES booth, where B2B meetings are being held with companies and delegations of South-East Asian countries. Most of the interest is shown in SAES solutions on maritime security, underwater measurements as well as surveillance and protection of ports and critical infrastructures at sea.

MINEA conference

The programme of events at Indo Defence includes a conference by SAES on the 4th November at 11 AM with an overall introduction of the company, followed by a more in-depth presentation of the MINEA smart naval mines.

SAES is developing its products focusing on a constant innovation process in order to face the new trends and challenges in naval war. SAES naval mines can be activated by magnetic, electric or acoustic influences, thus improving its efficiency to protect and control strategic areas, straits, channels and other maritime zones.

Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesian companies

SAES has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two Indonesian companies, to join for common synergies within the country in the field of maritime security.

The MOU signature has been formalised in presence of the Indonesian Defence Minister, Prabowo Subianto, and the Spanish Ambassador to the Indonesian Republic, Francisco Aguilera Aranda.

SAES present at Euronaval 2022 its capabilities in underwater measurement and maritime security

Euronaval 2022 is the world’s largest naval exhibition and it takes place in Paris Le Bourget from 18th to 21st October 2022. It brings together the navies from many countries around the globe as well as the most important companies within the naval sector. SAES takes part in Euronaval together with Navantia to present its capabilities in underwater acoustics and electronics in relation to underwater measurement, security and solutions.

This week is taking place in Paris the world’s largest naval exhibition: Euronaval 2022, bringing together the navies from numerous countries around the world as well as the most important companies within the naval sector. SAES is an international leader in underwater acoustics and electronics, and it is taking part in Euronaval 2022 together with Navantia. There are 480 exhibitors and more than 140 official delegations.

SAES present at Euronaval 2022 its capabilities in underwater measurement and maritime security.

SAES is presenting its capabilities in the following three areas: engineering and underwater technology systems; maritime security; and special operations.

In underwater signature measurement and ASW (anti-submarine warfare), SAES has developed the MIRS, SPAS and DISOUROS systems.

The Multi Influence Range System (MIRS) for surface vessels and submarines provides, simulatenously, real measurements of magnetic, electric, pressure, acoustic, and seismic influences.

SPAS is an acoustic sonobuoy processor for detecting, locating and tracking underwater threats from aerial platforms. It incorporates the most advanced acoustic processing techniques for all types of passive and active sonobuoys, implemented both analogically and digitally. The SPAS is fully operational in different countries and different platforms such as the P-3B Orion or the C-295 aircrafts.

DISOUROS is a powerful and advanced acoustic processor for detecting, locating and tracking submarine threats from combat ships using a low-frequency dipping sonar and passive sonobuoys. It provides multistatic processing and interoperability between the different ASW platforms involved: corvettes, frigates, helicopters, MPA aircrafts.

Special Operations

SAES has more than 30 years’ experience in the naval sector, developing smart naval mines such as the MINEA (equipped with multiple sensors) and naval mines for special forces. MINEA is a modern system with high detection and multi influence signature processing capabilities.

MINEA naval mines are the most advanced smart marine mines manufactured today. They are intended for training minesweeper crews to provide deeper insight to mine hunting and neutralisation techniques.

SAES technology is being used by naval forces and Navies around the world, including platforms used in naval warfare such as minesweepers, frigates, submarines, maritime patrol aircrafts, anti-submarine warfare helicopters and UXV vehicles.

SAES presents its MINEA capacities at DEFSEC Atlantic

The exhibition organised by the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association, DEFSEC Atlantic, is held in Halifax (Nova Scotia) from 4 to 6 October. SAES, at DEFSEC together with Navantia, is showcasing its solutions on maritime safety and security, in particular, its MINEA smart naval mines capacities.

DEFSEC Atlantic 2022 is organised by the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association to present new opportunities to the aerospace, defence and security industries around the world.

SAES is the only Spanish company specialised in underwater acoustics and electronics that provides technology and solutions for the underwater safety and security in both civil and military sectors. SAES has more than 30 years’ experience in the naval sector, developing smart naval mines such as MINEA, equipped with multiple sensors, as well as naval mines for special forces.

SAES takes part at DEFSEC Atlantic together with Navantia, and will showcase the MINEA multi-influence naval mines, a modern system equipped with the highest detection capabilities and signal processing.

MINEA naval mines are the most advanced smart marine mines manufactured today. They are intended for training minesweeper crews to provide deeper insight to mine hunting and neutralisation techniques.

SAES develops three MINEA models specifically designed for the different depths and characteristics of shallow and deep waters: moored mines, shallow-water mines and cylindrical bottom mines. MINEA naval mines provide MCM crews with unmatched training experience and it enables them to successfully conduct counter-mine operations at sea.

SAES technology is being used by naval forces and Navies around the world, including platforms used in naval warfare such as minesweepers, frigates, submarines, maritime patrol aircrafts, anti-submarine warfare helicopters and UXV vehicles.