By Sabrina Matteucci
MX3 Trial Report: Percentage Clearance Trials with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. NURC-FR-2006-007 / SR-445. May 2006.
This High Performance AUV (HPAUV) Experimentation Project was funded by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) to assess the military value of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) AUVs for Defense Against Terrorism (DAT) and Mine Countermeasures (MCM). The MX3 Sea Trial was conducted in November 2005 in La Spezia to evaluate the detection and classification effectiveness of currently available and state-of-the-art AUVs in MCM applications. Twelve AUVs (6 different models) were operated in four different target areas. The experiment demonstrated the maturity of the various systems and clearly illustrated their utility in enhancing traditional MCM in expeditionary operations.