​The VideoRay Defender is prominently mentioned in an article recently published online titled “Code Name – The Blowfish Project: DTRA Securing the Waterways.” The article, which appears on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website, delves into the activities of the research and development arm of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which “has invested in a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) system capable of identifying and neutralizing underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs).”

In particular, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Bailey, program integrator for the Counter Improvised Threat Technologies Department, is quoted as saying: “Progress has enabled components of the Blowfish system to be integrated into a new ROV – the VideoRay Defender – which is destined to be part of a family of U.S. Navy EOD response vehicles.”

Find out more about the Defender’s role in this system here.

 Courtesy photo: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Blowfish project recently demonstrated its capabilities during the Joint Exercise Arctic Edge 2020 in Juneau, Alaska in February 2020. During the exercise, Blowfish engaged the system’s underwater neutralization disruptor against surrogate underwater explosive threat targets. Initial integration with the VideoRay ROV was impressive. The system demonstrated 100% success in seven disruption attempts on varied target types.