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Officials of NATO verify the potential of the systems of submarine detection of the UPCT in the Mar Menor (13/02/2018)

A fortnight of officers from different countries of the Atlantic Alliance have been able to verify this morning the potential of underwater detection systems of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), which has been testing its teams in the Mar Menor since December in collaboration with the General Directorate of the Mar Menor and the Yacht Club of Los Nietos.

The visit of the 16 NATO officers is part of a technical conference inaugurated by the rector of the Polytechnic, Alejandro Díaz, the general director of the Mar Menor, Antonio Luengo, and the commander of the Force of Countermines Measures of the Spanish Armada, Rafael Arcos Palacio, and has included an exit to the sea in which the wreck has been appreciated that the experts in submarine drones of the UPCT have located in the salty lagoon, a ship of 30 meters of length sunk in the Eighties and whose remains are very scattered.

The UPCT Submarine Robotics group, led by Professor Antonio Guerrero, has had a space in the Los Nietos Nautical Club for a couple of months for its Pluto robot, donated by the Navy and originally designed for use from cazaminas .

Precisely, the officers who have made the visit are being trained in the Naval War College of Mines, EGUERMIN, based in Belgium.

Already in 2016, Guerrero and his research group gave a workshop on handling of robotic equipment to the military of this NATO center of excellence.

The drone and autonomous marine drones of the Polytechnic are being prepared to carry out, counting on a boat donated by the Autonomous Community, analysis of the marine sub-fund, photographic mosaics, vegetation maps and sonar maps in the salt lake.

We attach two images.

In the second (from left to right) appear on the part of the UPCT, Professor Antonio Guerrero and the rector José Manuel Ferrández, the general director of the Mar Menor, Antonio Luengo and the professor of Ecology at the University of Murcia Ángel Pérez Ruzafa.

Source: UPCT

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