The Dutch Defence Material Organisation (DMO) has awarded Saab Seaeye a contract for the delivery of the Sea Wasp remotely operated vehicles to the Royal Netherlands Navy.
According to the company, the Netherlands is the first European country to buy the system
With a base weight of 75 kg, Sea Wasp is a flexible ROV which can be used for a range of underwater operations, including sea mine detection and other reconnaissance operations.
“We are delighted to deliver our Sea Wasp vehicle to the first European customer, a giant milestone for the product. It is also the first order we have received directly from DMO, which has strengthened the relationship with the customer and may facilitate future contracts and orders,” says Kate Palmér, program manager at Saab Seaeye.
The order also covers some development, including the integration of the customer-specified Blueview sonar in the vehicle.
Saab Seaeye did not say whether the Sea Wasp was being ordered for the new mine countermeasure vessels that are being jointly acquired by Belgium and the Netherlands.