Russia to unveil latest submersible vehicle at Army-2020 arms show

Visitors of the Army-2020 international military and technical forum will be able to see the Vityaz-D unmanned deep-sea submersible that submerged to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific on May 8, Advanced Research Foundation CEO Andrei Grigoryev told TASS on Thursday.
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Russia to unveil latest submersible vehicle at Army 2020 arms show 925 001The autonomous unmanned deep-sea submersible Vityaz-D is seen in the port of Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast. (Picture source: Yury Smityuk/TASS)

"The forum will feature a number of our developments, including the Vityaz-D. This will be the vehicle that submerged to the bottom of the Mariana Trench on May 8, 2020," the chief executive said.

The Vityaz deep-sea submersible became the world’s first fully autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle that reached the World Ocean’s deepest point. This occurred at 10:34 p.m. Moscow time on May 8.

The submersible operates with the help of its onboard control system that implements control algorithms without a human operator. The submersible can independently bypass obstacles along its course, including exit from limited space using artificial intelligence elements in its control system.

The Vityaz-D deep-water submersible is capable of operating at maximum depths in the World Ocean. It comprises the autonomous vehicle, a deep-sea bottom station and control post equipment.

The submersible’s shipborne equipment provides for information exchange of the carrier vessel with the underwater vehicle and the bottom station in real-time through a sonar channel. The system is fully made of Russian components.

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