Al Defaiya:  ECA Group Wins Contract for French Navy’s PAP Subsea Demining Robots

Al Defaiya: ECA Group Wins Contract for French Navy’s PAP Subsea Demining Robots

A new 5 years contract was awarded to ECA Group by French Ministry of Armed Forces for supplying consumables for French navy PAP demining ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), which amount will be over 4M€ up to a maximum of 8 M€ depending on utilization frequency.
Monday, July 17 2017 - Defence & Security
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Published on Al Dafaiya, July 2017.

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In 1977, ECA Group delivered the very first mine disposal vehicles PAP to the French Navy.  They are still in service since then with support from ECA Group.

The logistic support and supplying of spares and consumables is an important part of the activity in naval robotics as  sea environment requires a level of maintenance  for equipment and systems throughout their lifespan, especially for subsea drones. As an average, logistic support represents 25 to 30 % of naval robotics activity.

The French demining PAPs are expected to remain in activity till the mid 2020’s.They will be progressively replaced with the delivery of the future demining systems the resulting from the MMCM FR/UK evaluation program.

ECA Group, which is one of the major players within MMCM FR/UK program, is highly involved in R&D for the future maritime systems of drones. In June 2017, ECA Group had a very successful demonstration to the Belgium and Netherland Navies of its Unmanned Mine Counter Measure Integrated System (UMIS), real time cooperation and proved that, thanks to advanced processing embarked in the vehicles, its drones system is the most integrated and advanced on the market. 

PAP MK6 is a self-propelled ROV dedicated to mine warfare with a high carrying capacity (NATO Mine Disposal Charge, Cutter). A robust and reliable design with high powered propulsion enables to manoeuver in strong current and to withstand harsh environmental conditions. User friendly command and control software offers auto piloting functions.

The UMIS is a very flexible system, ECA Group proposes in various configurations. It can be deployed on dedicated Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMV), as well as containerized to be embarked on ship of opportunity or directly from the shore in its road transportable configuration for harbor and coastal protection.


Read more: ECA Group tests multi-simultaneous MCM drone operation with the Belgian Navy



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