BlueZone is contracted to Saab Australia to manage operations, maintenance and repair for the Royal Australian Navy’s AUV62 ASW Training Target. “The result has been a win-win with a local defence SME providing focused, flexible and innovative support to the Navy while, at the same time building a sovereign capability in maritime robotics,” said BlueZone CEO Elizabeth Karpiel. BlueZone will support maintenance, mobilisation and at sea deployment of the Training Target on the east and west coasts to meet the Navy and Air Force needs.
Saab Dynamics and BlueZone Group have been partners for over two decades in support of the Double Eagle Mine Disposal System, a martime robot operated by the Royal Australian Navy from the Huon Class Minehunter Coastal Ships. BlueZone has provided service and support for Saab vehicles since their introduction to service in Australia in 2000. The partnership between Saab and BlueZone will continue and expand with the AUV62-AT Intermediate ASW Target Training, which entered service for the RAN in 2022.
Andy Keough, Saab Australia’s Managing Director said, “Our partnership with BlueZone Group will see one hundred percent of the AUV62-AT sustainment operations carried out by the Australian industry”. The AUV62-AT will provide the defence with a significant new training capability to “train as you fight”. The AUV62-AT is flexible, adaptable and can operate in several different modes, enabling it to comply with various sets of training exercises. The advanced ASW technology simulates active and passive submarines and torpedos, providing realistic training scenarios for submarines, aviators, and surface vessels.