Sea Technlogy: ECA Group & Naval Group collaborate on mine hunting tech for Belgian and Dutch navies
Published in Sea Technology, october 2018
Mine hunting practices are being revolutionized tthanks to massive use of unmanned systems operating in the air, on the sea and underwater. Naval Group and ECA Group recently established a technological and commercial partnership in unmanned mine warfare, aimed at developing and promoting an offer of military mine countermeasure vessels (MCM) integrating drones, sonars, dredgers and remotely operated systems.
This innovative solution for robotic mine warfare will be fully integrated on board an MCM military vessel to provide the Belgian and Dutch naval forces with a comprehensive solution. In addition to these solutions, the two partners have formed a project management team based in Belgium that will rely on various local partners. The collaboration will integrate UMISTM unmanned systems on board Naval Group vessels to offer launching and recovery (LARS) systems, making these resources highly available for use at sea and integrating them into the vessel’s warfare system to manage their mission from end to end.