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Lockheed Picks New Sonar for Subsea Vehicles

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Coda Octopus Group Inc.

(Source: Coda Octopus Group, Inc.; issued June 25, 2012)

LAKELAND, Fla. --- The advanced patented Echoscope 3-D imaging sonar, produced by Coda Octopus Group Inc., has been selected by Lockheed Martin for a new fleet of autonomous subsea inspection vehicles.

Echoscope provides the Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with the unique sensory inputs that enable the construction of real-time 3-D models of structures up to 1,000 ft deep regardless of water clarity. The Marlin AUV is undergoing final development testing and is planned for introduction to the market later this year.

"We look forward to providing oil and gas operating companies with real-time 3D modeling capability using Echoscope onboard the Marlin," said Coda Octopus President of Technology Blair Cunningham. "We supplied more than four Echoscopes under this program and are very pleased with the results of pre-production models and trials."

Benefits of utilizing the Echoscope for subsea inspection operations include increased productivity, unsurpassed data density and enhanced operational safety in complex environments. The sensor was selected based on its unique ability to provide real-time point cloud images of underwater environments.

Originally founded in 1994 as Coda Technologies, the Coda Octopus Group is now headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. The Group consists of a Marine Products business in Florida and Edinburgh, Scotland, and engineering businesses in Utah and Weymouth, England. Alongside providing custom engineering and development for defense applications, and oil and gas, companies, one of the Group's key products is the Coda Echoscope - the first real time 3D sub-sea sonar. The Echoscope is also at the heart of the Underwater Inspection System which is being adopted for homeland security, and other applications in ports around the world.