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The high-power compact electric work ROV.

Data Sheet

The Seaeye Cougar-XTi is a development of the successful Seaeye Cougar-XT, proven worldwide in demanding applications and recognised for its capability to operate effectively as a compact inspection, or light work ROV.

The system is now based on the Saab Seaeye’s iCON™ ecosystem which is an advanced distributed control and power distribution system that provides features such as advanced pilot aids and diagnostics to increase reliability and maintainability. The iCON™ ecosystem also provides a roadmap for further developments in automation and digitalisation including features such as remote telepresence control from shore via satellite or 4G communications, making the system future ready for current and further software advances.

The Seaeye Cougar-XTi leads a new generation of compact, highly flexible and extremely powerful electric ROVs that offer users the ability to undertake a wider range of demanding tasks at lower operating costs.


With Saab Seaeye's iCON™ intelligent control system featuring self-diagnostics and control via touch screens.


Highly manoeuvrable vehicle designed for work in strong currents and up to 2000 m depth. 


Designed as an inspection vehicle or light work vehicle with a range of tooling skids for additional tooling options.

Cougar-XTi Overview
  • The Cougar XTi is an intelligent iCON™ based Electric Vehicle. It is equipped with electric propulsion and compatible with industry standard sensors and hydraulic tooling as well as SAAB Seaeye’s current and future range of electric tooling solutions. It is highly powerful and versatile, making it capable of meeting extremely demanding applications.

  • Pilot Control Units include touch screens running the graphical user interface (GUI) for vehicle power and control; system diagnostics including remote access for technical support; flight screen monitors that display data and video transmitted via Fibre Optic multiplexers and a CWDM, and a hand control unit for ROV.

  • Additional surface equipment includes Tooling PSU, TMS foot pedals for the optional TMS, hand control units for tooling options, and various video display and recording options.

  • Available as a free swimming ROV or in conjunction with a Type 8 Tether Management System (TMS).

  • ROV rated to 2000 m fitted with four horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters supplied with 500 Volts DC, electronics pod, four LED lights, up to four high resolution cameras, a depth sensor, and a compass pod with integrated Magneto-resistive compass, accelerometers and gyros with pitch and roll outputs for vehicle auto heading and auto depth. Auto altitude is available as an option when an altimeter is fitted. Station Keeping is available as an option with a DVL fitted.


Technical Specifications

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Weight in air (kg)


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Battery Capacity (kWh)


Endurance (km@2kts)


Options, Tools and Accessories
9kW Tooling PSU

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


Battery-operated, Xenon emergency strobe used to locate vehicle. (ST6K)

SM7 Cleaning Brush

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

Compact Cutter

Compact cutter capable of cutting 38 mm diameter steel wire rope. Includes an intensifier and requires a 4kW HPU.

Hydro-Lek HPU Skid

4 W DC HPU and control valve used for Cougar XTi hydraulic tooling options.

Water Jet Skid

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

FMD Skid

Flooded Member Detector (FMD) skid for mounting an FMD tool. The skid is fixed below the vehicle and is used for subsea inspections.

Holmatro Cutter

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

DVL Unit

DVL unit for the Station Keeping option

Heavy Duty Manipulator

Dual five-function heavy duty manipulator system. Manipulator camera options available.

Three-Phase Power Supply Unit

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


High resolution colour or monochrome cameras fitted to either the front of the vehicle on tilt platform or on bracket at rear of vehicle. (CAM04)

Rotary Cutter 4 Inch

Rotary Cutter used for cutting through hoses and cables up to 4 inches thick. Requires a 4kW HPU.

CP Probe

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

Video Recording System

Control cabin options include video recording unit, video matrix switcher, communications system and high-back pilot seat.

Acoustic Tracking System

Acoustic tracking system to calculate position of vehicle fitted with an acoustic beacon.

Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge

Ultrasonic thickness gauge to determine the level of corrosion present in a structure.

Multibeam Sonar

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

Scanning Sonar

Scanning Sonar options with an integration kit and surface equipment.

Bathymetric System

Bathymetric system with depth sensor and altimeter. Ethernet options available.


Altimeter used to measure the altitude of vehicle above sea floor. Auto altitude option available. (PA200)

HD Camera

High Definition (HD) camera for vehicle. (OE14-502)


High resolution colour or monochrome cameras fitted to vehicle and on optional TMS. (OE15-100)

Deployment Systems & Control Cabins

Tether Management System (TMS) Type 8 with 200 m of fibre optic tether allowing for the deployment of the ROV at working depth and also providing protection.


Additional cabin options include: 10 ft standalone workshop.

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.

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.


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

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