While 80% of the world’s trade is made by sea, about 80% of World War I & World War II’s naval mines have yet to be neutralised or removed. While naval mines are very easy and cheap to make, their potential impact on a nation’s vulnerability and economy is considerable, especially if placed at ports – it could paralyse a nation and even an entire zone for some time
Naval mines are an increasingly tangible threat that will remain dangerous for several decades, putting at risk men, equipment and infrastructures.
BELGIUM NAVAL & ROBOTICS – the Naval Group and ECA Group consortium –was awarded the Belgian-Dutch contract for the replacement of their MCM capabilities, which entails working across 12 new generation ships (six each for the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies).
As one of key players for mine detection and neutralisation in the Defence sector for over 50 years, ECA Group will be providing the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies with the first to be materialised stand-off concept by using a Toolbox – a system composed of a variety of drones to be deployed in order to fulfil autonomous mine clearance missions at sea.
80 naval drones that can constitute 10 UMIS systems as well as the related training simulator will be provided by ECA Group. This is the largest European contract in naval robotics in the past 50 years.
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