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Azeri Defence: ECA Group provides an Unmanned Expendable Mine Disposal System to a Southeast Asian navy

Azeri Defence: ECA Group provides an Unmanned Expendable Mine Disposal System to a Southeast Asian navy

A full scale development of an integrated solution for mine counter measure will be delivered by ECA Group to an Asian partner Navy.

Tuesday, September 12 2017 - Defence & Security
See also K-STER I

Published on Azeri Defence, September 2017.

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This navy, already renowned for its highly-specialization in the field of mine warfare, is switching from mine hunters (50 meters boats managed by a crew of 40 people) to a new unmanned system, controlled by 3 people. This new system allows to cut operational costs and reduce human exposure significantly.

This unmanned solution for MCM operations is the first completely automated underwater robot mine-clearing system, including unmanned EMDS (Expandable Mine Disposal System) and use a highly secured link for neutralization sequence. This ECA Group system completes the Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) built by a partner company.

The USV INSPECTOR MK2 is equipped with 2 unmanned vehicles to deploy : the  K-STER I dedicated to inspection  and  the K-STER C for mine neutralization. All the vehicles are launched autonomously with an automated Launch and Recovery System (LARS), remotely piloted via a radio or satellite link.

Away from danger, crew launches and pilots remotely from the Control & Command Center the inspection vehicle.

Once the mine is found a Disposal vehicle K-STER C is deployed by a dedicated LARS system, in order to destroy the mine.

This project is the result of long term partnership between Southeast Asian nations and ECA Group, and concluded with around 10 M€ contract back in 2015, the delivery of 2 complete systems in 2017 and expected service agreement in 2018. 

Sea acceptance tests of the first system is scheduled for September 2017.

The training for maintenance and usage of this unmanned naval drones system has been conducted in ECA premises in South of France at the end of May 2017.

With this ECA Group advanced solution of Expendable Mine Disposal System  for mine countermeasure (MCM) integrated on their Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV),  this navy turns towards the mine warfare of the future.

 

CA Group delivers an Unmanned Expendable Mine Disposal System to a Southeast Asian navy 

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