V-Fides

V-Fides

The “V-Fides” project, partly financed by the Tuscan Region, concerns the development of a Wire-Guidable Underwater Vehicle capable of performing various types of mission, like, for instance:

 

- Environmental physical/chemical monitoring of sea areas;

 

- Exploration of the sea bottom;

 

- Archaeological prospecting;

 

- Mobile node for underwater communications.

 

V-Fides has the option of working both as autonomous vehicle (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – AUV) and as remote controlled vehicle (Remote Controlled Vehicle – ROV).

The name “V-Fides” is a tribute to the City of Livorno, whose coat of arms contains a flag with the words “Fides”. V-Fides is also an acronym for “Wire-Guided Vehicle for Underwater Exploration and Identification” (“Veicolo Filoguidato per l’Identificazione e l’Esplorazione Subacquea”).

 

Today the above prototype has commercial opportunities both in its civil version “Columbus” and in the military one “DevilFish”.

 

 

 

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