Euronaval 2022: French MoD displays Seaexplorer underwater glider

The 28th edition of the Euronaval exhibition is being held from 18 to 21 October at the Paris-Le Bourget exhibition centre. It is an opportunity to discover how DGA, through its main missions, contributes to the French and European strategic ambition of Defence and allows the French Navy to be equipped at the best technological level to ensure its superiority operational superiority. One of these equipments is the Seaexplorer underwater glider.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Seaexplorer underwater glider on the French MoD's booth. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The SEAEXPLORER underwater glider is a powerful autonomous sensing platform designed to collect water column data profiles with very wide spatio-temporal coverage (thousands of km and weeks to months of endurance).

Driven by buoyancy changes, the vehicle silently glides up and down the water column while collecting physical, chemical, biological and/or acoustic data depending on the fitted sensors.

The SEAEXPLORER glider is a very cost-effective solution for data collection as it reduces reliance on large vessels with high daily running costs: no surface supervision boat is required during the mission. The SEAEXPLORER is easy to operate and can be deployed and recovered by reduced crews in coastal waters using small boats.