Excellent Handling Qualities
The SeaCat vehicle is of relatively low weight (< 200 kg) and moderate size (< 3.5 m). This makes it easy to handle the AUV on a ship's deck or at a ramp, even in bad weather conditions. A crew of two to three persons is sufficient for deck handling. Standard cranes and lifting equipment can be used to hoist the SeaCat. Its storage space requirements are minimal.
Especially the trolley is advantageous for a non-permanent installation on a crowded deck. It allows for a swift moving of the vehicle from a storage area to the launch/recovery system.
In water, the AUV proves agile and responsive. A portable remote control unit can be used for controlling launch and recovery (L&R) operations. Please refer to section 4.2 for a description of the L&R operations.