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CHCNAV Apache 6 Bathymetric Survey Boat


CHCNAV’s Apache 6 is the solution for all of your 3D bathymetric surveying, underwater object positioning, offshore construction, underwater archaeology and wrecked rescue. With a triple hulled design, and the ability to go fully autonomous the Apache 6 is the ultimate solution. There is no need to get in a motor boat and sit in rough seas, the Apache 6 removes all of the risk and headache of traditional operated boats.


  • Lightweight design
  • Triple-hulled vessel design
  • Absolute linear technology
  • iLiDAR Laser Sensor (optional)


  • CHC Navigation Apache 6 Bathymetric Survey Solution


CHCNAV’s Apache 6 USV is the ultimate solution for 3D bathymetric surveying, underwater object positioning, offshore construction, underwater archaeology and wrecked rescue. With a triple hulled design the USV will be stable even in rough seas, without putting the operator at risk. This triple-hulled design has been specifically built and optimized for Norbit™ multi-beam echosounder series. This allows for a fully autonomous survey mode powered by CHCNAV’s own absolute straight-line technology to follow a preset course.


With a high-performance dual propeller motor allows for a stable automatic cruise speed of up to 2.5 m/s (7.6 fps). Using the manual control mode, you can control the unit, up to 2 km from the operator.


The CHCNAV Auto Planner® software is used to set up optimal navigation route planning and monitor the survey operation parameters in real time. The echo-sounder parameters are set via an intuitive web interface and the final multibeam data acquired during the survey processed by QINSy® software to generate high resolution accurate 3D maps.


The APACHE 6 multi-beam USV reduces survey time, improves work efficiency and outputs high-resolution data to always match the most demanding marine survey project requirements.


Here are the big features on Apache 6:

  • Lightweight design: APACHE 6 is made of macromolecule polyester carbon fiber and Kevlar fiber-glass (weighting 15 kg without sensors). It allows two operators to cope with most of the remote deployment conditions.


  • Triple-hulled vessel design: With a detachable triple-hulled vessel design, the APACHE 6  is a versatile USV solution allowing safe deployment in various mission environment. Its dual floating bodies keep the hull balanced even in the rapid current situation. Meanwhile, removing the floating bodies allows operation in shoals, channels and shallow rivers without run aground.


  • Absolute linear technology: APACHE 6 integrates high precision positioning and heading technology to maintain a perfect straight sailing course even in complex current conditions.


  • iLiDAR Laser Sensor (optional): In addition to its multi-beam echosounder, the APACHE 6 can be fitted with the Lidar sensor to collect terrestrial 3D point cloud. With 300 000 points per second at a 30×360 degree coverage, the iLiDAR provides an accurate combined marine and terrestrial 3D survey in a single pass saving significant processing time when performing harbor and river surveys with height clearance evaluation (transmission lines, bridges, …).


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