VideoRay Awarded Major Contract from US Navy for Defender ROV

The Defender can pitch up and down during flight providing the operator better situational awareness

VideoRay announces its second multi million-dollar award with the U.S. Navy to develop, define, and deploy new technology for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations.

This contract follows the successful completion of an earlier prototype facilitated by the Defense Innovation Unit in 2018. The platform for both contracts is the highly-regarded VideoRay Mission Specialist Series (MSS) Defender ROV, which has been delivered for military and commercial uses to several demanding customers worldwide.

2 DefenderROVClockwise starting top-left. The Defender placing the ECS Viper disruptor on a simulated target. The Defender operating carrying a 25 lb/11.3 kg kettle bell while flying level, The Defender using the Blueprint Labs R5M arm placing a disruptor on a simulated target. Defender main camera view carrying a mini Royal Arms disruptor on a simulated target.

The Defender vehicle, based on VideoRay’s Mission Specialist technology, is becoming the technology of choice for a wide variety of challenging missions. It is chosen by Navies, Coast Guards, First Responders, Offshore Oil and Gas Producers, and Offshore Renewable installation companies for many reasons:

Powerful – the Defender has the best thrust to weight ratio in the industry and the ability to lift more than 20 pounds while flying level

Portable – the Defender can be shipped as checked luggage on commercial airlines and is deployable with just one person

Open Architecture – the Defender can accept a wide range of accessories, though open software, and multiple power and communications options

Greensea Integrated Control and Navigation – the Defender includes Greensea’s EOD Workspace software for sophisticated supervised autonomy and precise maneuvering. Greensea supports the U.S. Navy with a Cooperative Research and Development contract for software development on this project

Customer Support – VideoRay is one of the largest and best-established companies in the observation class ROV industry, now celebrating 20 years in business. It has the largest installed fleet of vehicles

Innovation – with VideoRay’s Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Navy helped develop and fine-tune new options and capabilities to meet underwater missions and objectives.

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