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Unique Group, Bodac launch new UXO recovery system

Unique Group has merged its expertise in survey and buoyancy technology with Dutch UXO experts Bodac to develop an unexploded ordnance lifting & safe disposal system (UXO-LSDS).

The system paves the way for contactless mine recovery.

The UXO-LSDS consists of a housing for two 9l, 300 bar composite cylinders and a Sonardyne acoustic lightweight release transponder.

Working with known UXO weights and water depths, the UXO-LSDS can be precisely filled to begin the UXO recovery, with the excess air vented out from the pressure release valves.

Wilbert Beilsma, general manager Unique Group Netherlands, said:

“We are constantly driven to improve our offerings and develop new products which help our customers solve their challenges safely and efficiently.

“This has led us to collaborate with Bodac in the build of the UXO-LSDS.

“It is based upon Unique Group’s robust Seaflex Mono Buoyancy unit design, which has a proven track record of over 20 years and has been used by several navies as a lifting device.

“Our system can support in explosive ordnance relocation, recovery and neutralization with full safety.”