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Three Dimensional Autopilots

Raytheon Anschütz delivers customised type S55 submarine steering stand

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), building the Indonesian Navy’s new submarine, recently received Raytheon Anschütz’ customised type S55 submarine steering stand, including the newly designed three-dimensional autopilot and a battery monitoring system.

Our new 3D autopilot demonstrated its full steering accuracy and our customers have expressed their overall satisfaction with the robustness and performance of the integrated steering solution,” Gerald Baden, leading Raytheon Anschütz’s submarine business area, commented. “This acceptance test for the Indonesian submarine was the third successful implementation of the new autopilot in an international submarine programme.”

The new system’s autopilot is a software-based system that offers extended functional range, including smart integration of the rudder steering system with electronic sea chart or situational awareness systems for waypoint steering and tactical manoeuvre planning. As such, it is a robust controller that combines safe steering and manoeuvrability with speed, precision and minimal noise.

Throughout the sea trials, the systems were supported on-board with engineering and customer service specialists from Raytheon Anschütz, and they performed as designed.

Hull 7712 is the first of three “209” class submarines for the Indonesian Navy, which feature a modified design and are being built by DSME’s Okpo shipyard in South Korea.

Dr. Alix Valenti

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