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

SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft

The Ministry of Defence decided back in 2001 to provide the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircrafts with Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities, as well as to develop a Tactical Mission System integrating all the aircraft sensors, and a Mission Support Centre to give intelligence support to ASW missions. SAES was one of the Spanish companies chosen for the modernisation of the P-3 Orion aircraft fleet, for its SPAS system (Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System) and its ARAS system (Fast Time Analyser System).

After almost 50 years in service for the Spanish Air Force, on 16th December 2022 a farewell event for the last P-3 Orion aircraft took place at Morón de la Frontera Air Base (Seville). The event was chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Spanish Air and Space Force, general Javier Salto Martínez-Avial, who mentioned that the following months will be a transition until the Spanish Government replace the retired aircraft.

The P-3 Orion aircraft was part of the 11th Wing from Spanish Air Force, one of the key assets in air patrol missions such as the ‘Atalanta Operation’ (a counter-piracy military operation at sea off the Horn of Africa) and anti-submarine warfare.

SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft

The end of the P-3 Orion operating lifetime by 2022 means the Spanish Air Force temporarily loses its capability on maritime patrol aircrafts (MPAs). During 2023 the Ministry of Defence is due to buy four C-295 MPA, and SAES will take part with its SPAS-32 system.

SAES participation in the P-3 Orion aircrafts.

In 2001 the Spanish Ministry of Defence wanted to boost the modernisation of the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircrafts, operated by Group 22 (11th Wing) from Spanish Air Force.

The project included a strong participation of the Spanish industry. Companies such as AIRBUS (then called EADS CASA), Indra, Tecnobit, ITP Aero or SAES assumed responsibility for providing aircrafts with the most advanced ASW capabilities in the market. The aim was to develop a Tactical Mission System integrating all of the plane sensors, allowing full tactical and operational cooperation, which was finally called FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System).

SAES took part in the P-3 Orion aircraft with its Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System (SPAS) in its SPAS-16 version. This system has been able to concurrently process 16 passive and active sonobuoys and record up to 32 sonobuoys.

SPAS is a system fully integrated with the Tactical Mission System, which allows the acoustic operator detecting, locating, classifying and tracking submarines and surface ships by the passive and active acoustic data gathered by the deployed sonobuoys.

Another key objective for the modernisation of the fleet was to provide them with a Mission Support Centre to give intelligence support to ASW missions. To that end, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with SAES to implement its Fast Time Analyser System (ARAS). It is a portable system that can be deployed whenever the Air Forces need to conduct ASW missions.

The SPAS system had its operational christening during the NATO Operation Noble Manta 2006, and the ARAS system was launched during the NATO Operation Noble Manta 2008.

SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft
SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft

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.

SAES modernise the S-70 tactical submarine simulator, operational in the last 31 years

The modernisation of the S-70 tactical submarine simulator (SATS), developed by SAES and operational since 1991, will lengthen its lifetime for five more years. Spanish Navy crew will continue to use it for training purposes whilst S-70 submarines (soon to be replaced by the S-80 class submarines) are still active

The S-70 tactical submarine simulator (SATS) has been developed by SAES and delivered to the Spanish Navy in the first few years of the 90s, with the objective of training crews in resolving tactical problems that could occur during the submarine navigation, as it includes all elements and systems of the control room as well as the instructor station. SAES simulators for submarine training  have been designed to faithfully reproduce the scenarios, equipment, aspects, operation and sensations that the submarine’s equipment would have in a real situation. 

According to Víctor Azcárate, Post-sales Line Manager and responsible for the SATS maintenance service, “the latest acceptance tests within the SATS modernisation project (including its instructor station, control room, DLT and DSUV-22) were successfully carried out by the end of 2021 at the Submarine Base, in the presence of the RAC (Spanish Navy quality assurance official). 

The importance of the modernisation of this system, continues Mr. Azcárate, lies in that “it allows the Spanish Navy to continue using the SATS to train crews while there is still any S-70 class submarines in operation, as they will soon be replaced by the S-80 class submarines.” 

Since the SATS simulator was delivered to the Spanish Navy in 1991, SAES is in charge of its maintenance. Over the years and due to the age of the equipment, “it was becoming increasingly difficult to find spare parts (power source, motherboard, memories, hard disks, etc.) for equipment repairs,” explains Mr. Azcárate. In addition to this, the lifespan of the S-70 submarines has been extended: the Spanish Navy plans to retire them between the year 2025 and 2030. For all these reasons, SAES considered necessary the modernisation of the SATS: to ensure the operational nature of the simulator at least until 2030. 

According to Consuelo Lázaro, director of Operations at SAES, “I am very proud of the work performed by the team: SATS was my very first project at SAES and I have seen it grow and modernise, and it is not an easy task to successfully adapt such old systems.” 

SAES General Manager, Victoria Ruiz, explains that “the modernisation of the S-70 tactical submarine simulator (developed by SAES 31 years ago) is a significant milestone for us, as we continue to assist and support the major programmes of the Spanish Navy.” 

SAES receives the visit of ADIC in its Cartagena facilities

As the collaboration between SAES and our Navy continues to grow, yesterday we had the honour of receiving visit in our facilities (Cartagena headquarters) from the Vice Admiral Director of Marine Construction of the Navy, Manuel Antonio Martinez-Ruiz.

Both the SAES CEO, Joaquín López Pagán, and the General Manager, Victoria Ruiz, welcomed the Vice Admiral and gave him a plaque commemorating the visit. The Commercial Director, Adolfo Hernández, and Director of Operations, Consuelo Lázaro, gave a presentation of SAES capacities and our near-future projects.

SAES receives the visit of ADIC
SAES receives the visit of ADIC
SAES receives the visit of ADIC

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