Published on Forecast International, January 2018.
The partnership aims to supply first ever made interoperable solution to be qualified by the DGA (French Defence Procurement Agency) for "road, rail & air deployable shelter of EOD & C-IED equipment" so as to provide transportation platform & in-service maintenance workshop for French Army, Navy & Air Forces.
SMINEX is the first EOD equipment related project with a global approach in an integrated system to provide a maximum efficiency and resilience during operations.
Within the scope of this contract, ground robots UGV IGUANA E will be supplied by ECA Group, which will also provide its expertise in integrated robotic systems to develop and qualify the mobile operations centers in shelters.
In the framework of the SMINEX contract for a total amount of over €30 million, ECA Group entered a firm order over a timeframe of 40 months and an amount of over €10 million for the outcome of which is the delivery of 15 UGV IGUANA E robots equipped to neutralize Improvised Explosive Devices. Then, according to his needs and until 2024, the customer can through additional purchase orders up to an amount over €20 million, be provided with up to 43 complementary UGV IGUANA robots and related equipment and maintain them in operational conditions.
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