ROV Planet: ECA Group to supply consumables to French Navy’s PAP subsea demining robots

ROV Planet: ECA Group to supply consumables to French Navy’s PAP subsea demining robots

ECA Group supply comsumables to French Navy’s PAP subsea demining robots a part of a new 5 year contract.
Monday, July 17 2017 - Defence & Security
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Published on ROV Planet, July 2017.

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The logistic support and supplying of spares and consumables is an important part of the activity in naval robotics, representing 25 to 30 % of sector's activity. Sea environment is extremely demanding for equipment and systems and high level of maintenance are required all along subsea drones' lifespan. 

The French mine-clearance underwater drones PAPs will remain in activity till the mid 2020’s.They will be progressively replaced by the delivery of the future demining systems selected after MMCM FR/UK evaluation program.

ECA Group is one of the major players within MMCM FR/UK program, is highly involved in R&D for the future maritime systems of drones. As a result in June 2017, ECA Group successful demonstrated its Unmanned Mine Counter Measure Integrated System (UMIS) to the Belgium and Netherland Navies: simultaneously involving AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, such as A9-M and A18-M), USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicle, such as INSPECTOR Mk2) and mine-clearing ROVs (SEASCAN and K-STER C). 

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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