Cougar-XT Compact

The shallow water inspection vehicle with outstanding current handling capability. 

The Cougar-XT Compact, depth rated to 300m, is the shallow water version of the Cougar-XT. An extremely powerful vehicle, the Cougar-XT Compact is ideal for inspection applications where strong tidal currents are experienced.

The smaller chassis significantly reduces drag which, in combination with a high-performance thruster arrangement and a small diameter tether, offers unrivalled performance for its size and class.


Outstanding performance

Shallow water inspection vehicle with proven handling capabilities in strong currents and in tight spaces.



Low profile and lightweight designed to reduce drag and minimise the effect of current.

Wide choice of tooling

Selection of tooling options designed for easy integration and to deliver results for any shallow water project.  

Cougar-XT Compact Overview
  • Surface Power Supply Unit and Surface Control Unit supplied as free standing units or fitted inside an air conditioned control container. An additional tooling power supply option is available.

  • Surface Equipment includes Hand Control Unit, keyboard and two colour monitors. An additional hand control unit is available for systems fitted with a manipulator skid.

  • Cabin Junction Box for connections between the surface and subsea. Including Twisted Pair connection for data and video transmission. Fibre Optic MUX upgrades available. 

  • Operated as a free swimming ROV for depths up to 300 m.

  • ROV rated to 300 m fitted with four horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters supplied with 500 Volts DC, electronics pod, four LED lights, two high resolution cameras, a compass and a depth sensor for vehicle auto heading and auto depth. Auto altitude is available as an option when an altimeter is fitted.


Technical Specifications
Cougar-XT Compact

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Options, Tools and Accessories
HLK-33800 Cutter

Compact Cutter capable of cutting 25mm diameter steel wire rope or 12mm diameter steel bar.

Holmatro Cutter

Holmatro Cutter with jaws opening to 144 mm. Requires deep wall tooling skid, additional buoyancy, tooling selector valve, a 3-phase tooling PSU and a 4kW HPU.

SM7 Cleaning Brush

Cleaning brush incorporating a heavy duty brush plus an SM7 thruster motor.

Water Jet Skid

Water Jet System for cleaning operations. Requires a 3- phase, 4.5 kW power supply unit.


Control cabin options include EdgeDVR video recording unit, Video Matrix Switcher, Communications system, and a high-back pilot seat.

BlueView Sonar

Multibeam Sonar options with an integration kit and surface equipment. Ethernet options available for fibre optic vehicles.

HLK-4200 Manipulator

Four-function manipulator system fitted with quick disconnect fittings to switch between the cleaning brush and the anvil cutter. Manipulator camera options available.

AAE Track System

Complete acoustic tracking system used to calculate the position of the ROV with a fitted acoustic beacon.


High resolution colour or monochrome cameras fitted to either the front of the ROV on the Tilt platform or on a bracket at the rear of the ROV.


High Definition (HD) cameras available for the ROV.


Altimeter used to measure the altitude of the ROV above the sea floor. Auto Altitude option available.

Tritech Bathymetric

Bathymetric system with depth sensor and altimeter. Ethernet options available for fibre optic Tigers.

CP Probe

Cathode Potential Probe with either contact or proximity probe options available.


Battery-operated, Xenon emergency strobe used to locate the ROV.

Ocean Laser

Laser options for video survey.

Cygnus Gauge

Complete Cygnus ultrasonic thickness system available to determine the level of corrosion present in a structure.

Super SeaPrince

Scanning Sonar options with an integration kit and surface equipment.

9kW Tooling PSU

Additional three phase power supply unit used to power tooling options.

Deployment Systems & Control Cabins
Mk6 Winch

Electric Winch with variable speed and directional control. The winch has a capacity of 1,100m of 14mm diameter umbilical.


A-Frame Safe Area Launch and Recovery System (LARS) with Lock Latch or Snubber options. A Zone II upgrade option is available.

Split Cabin

Safe Area 20ft split Control Cabin with a Pilot Control section and a separate high voltage PSU section. Fitted with electric power distribution panels, lighting, air conditioning, heating and 19 inch racks. An optional installed escape hatch is available as is a Zone II upgrade.

Safe Area Cabin 16ft

Safe Area Control Cabin (16 ft) fitted with electric power distribution panels and air conditioning. A Zone II upgrade option is available.


Additional cabin options include: 10 ft standalone workshop.


Running Lock Latch system used for launch and recovery to reduce the strain on the umbilical. Includes a latch release line to free the ROV from the lock latch.


Terry Slater
Managing Director

‘For survey work close inshore in strong currents and tidal flows, the Cougar’s six-strong thruster power is essential.’


Chris Bryant
Managing Director

‘The slim profile is ideal for working in constrained spaces… and has easy tooling integration for a wide spectrum of work.’

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