South Korea Navy deploys new underwater robot Mine Disposal Vehicle MDV

According to information published by the Yonhap News Agency on December 29, 2020, the South Korean Navy has deployed a new underwater Mine Disposal Vehicle (MDV) manufactured by the South Korean Company Daeyang Electric Co.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The MDV Mine Disposal Vehicle delivered to the South Korean Navy. (Picture source Daeyang Electric)

The MDV (Mine Disposal Vehicle) is a remotely operated vehicle that was fully developed and designed by the South Korean company Daeyang Electric. The naval system is designed to perform mine-clearance missions by searching and identifying mines underwater and neutralizing them by placing explosives.

The MDV is remotely controlled by optic fiber to a range up to 2,000 m or by coaxial cable to a maximum range of 500. The system is electrically powered by a Lithium Polymer battery and can reach a top speed of 7 knots and can be operated to a maximum depth of 400m. It has a length of 3.65 m and a weight of 437 kg.

The MDV's payload can consist of forward-looking sonar, altitude sonar, camera, light, echo locations, compass, and self-navigation systems.

Citing the Yonhap News Agency, the first MDV was delivered to the South Korean Navy in 2018, and currently, 10 underwater vehicles are in service with the Navy.