Lockheed Martin is leveraging its proven capabilities and technology with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) toward the application of the Marlin class of AUVs for use in offshore oil and gas, science and oceanography, and other applications.
The highly-advanced Marlin AUV has been developed for a range of civilian and military customers who require a quick and safe way to conduct subsea surveys and inspections. Packed with an array of sensors and capabilities that can be tailored to diverse customer requirements, the Marlin operates in challenging environments throughout the water column.
The Marlin Mk 1 will provide high maneuverability and small footprint capable of incorporating standard sensor payloads for day/night (8-12) operations.
All AUV's of the Marlin Class offer high maneuverability for safe operations in the close quarters around subsea infrastructure. The general arrangement of the vehicle, utilizing verticle thrusters in addition to spar mounted main thrusters, enables a high degree of maneuverability including the capacity to hover and turn within it's own body length. Marlin can use its control surfaces and verticle thrusters to be trimmed to be negatively buoyant which allows them to bottom for days, awaiting re-tasking for the next inspection or intervention.