ECA Group wins an emblematic around €450 million contract in robotics

Monday, March 18 2019
Following a call for tenders launched in the Summer of 2018, the Belgian navy has awarded the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, bringing together Naval Group and ECA Group, the supply of 12 mine-hunting vessels equipped with a total of 100 drones. Six ships are for the Belgian navy, the other six will be delivered to the Dutch navy. The final notification of the contract should take place in the coming weeks.

English Read the PDF in English French Read the PDF in French

 

The ECA Group share of this contract represents around €450 million. The 10-year program will start with a design phase of about 3 years before the production and delivery phase of the drone systems. The contract should generate revenue starting 2019.

This contract will be, by far, the largest contract ever won by ECA Group, its amount being greater than 4 years of turnover for the group.

This success is the achievement of a strategy focused for many years on the development of drone systems composed of multiple and varied drones cooperating as autonomously as possible within the same mission. In this case, it is a mine clearance mission at sea.

The Belgian and Dutch navies are thus acquiring the latest generation of mine hunters designed by Naval Group and fully integrating ECA Group's naval drones systems capable of conducting submarine mine clearance operations autonomously in the minefield. The drone systems to provide are the latest generations of drones developed over the last 4 years. The drones, all integrated into ECA Group's C2 MCM system, are Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs),towed sonars and Mine Identification & Destruction Systems (MIDS) composed of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) for the identification and destruction of mines, all of these drones can be implemented fully automatically from the USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicles). The naval drones system also incorporates UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and sweeps.

The Belgian navy is a reference in submarine mine clearance within NATO, this contract is a major asset for export: as 40 years ago with the tripartite mine hunters program that had generated sales of PAP robots to dozens of marines in 20 years, this success in Belgium should generate many commercial export benefits in the coming years.

 

Several major navies including France, India or England will renew their mine hunting fleet in the coming years. In addition, ECA Group believes that most navies will also be equipped with transportable drone systems that can be used from the coast.

A significant part of the execution of the contract will take place in Belgium within ECA Robotics Belgium, as part of a cooperation plan that already includes 39 Belgian partners. The equipped surface drones will be designed and produced in Belgium and all underwater drones will also be produced there. Finally, these naval or air drones generate a logistic support, repairs, spares activities that can be done by ECA Robotics Belgium. These activities generate additional revenues as maintenance and support contracts throughout the lifespan of drones, generally greater than 20 years for naval drones.

ECA SA shares trading on EURONEXT PARIS has been suspended on Friday 16 March afternoon and will resume on Tuesday 19 March at the opening of the Exchange

More Defence & Security news ?
ECA Group - Steering Console
JANGBOGO III: Successful Factory... DEFENCE & SECURITY

In early summer 2019, ECA GROUP successufully passed the Factory Acceptance Test of the 3rd SNDC...

Read More
ECA-GROUP-EVENT-2019-NIDV-VIGNETTE
NIDV 2019 | 28 November | ECA Group... DEFENCE & SECURITY

Meet ECA Group at NIDV 2019, on November 28th in Rotterdam to discover its innovative naval...

Read More
ECA GROUP-NEWS - OFF-ROAD DRIVING TRAINING MODULE - FIREFIGHTER DRIVING
ECA Group introduces Off-road Driving... DEFENCE & SECURITY

To provide access to a wildland fire, firefighter must drive 4x4 platforms on poorly maintained...

Read More
ECA GROUP-NEWS - PURSUIT DRIVING TRAINING MODULE - POLICE DRIVING
ECA Group releases Pursuit Driving... DEFENCE & SECURITY

To be ready to react to suspicious or dangerous driver escapes, law enforcers must train to car...

Read More
vignette stade police
ECA Group innovative solutions... DEFENCE & SECURITY

ECA Group is proud to have been certified by the French Strategic Planning Committee (CSF) for...

Read More
ECA GROUP - NEWS - BIV
ECA Group performs maintenance works... DEFENCE & SECURITY

ECA Group upgrades the DGA underwater measurement polygon, designed to assess the signature of...

Read More
ECA_Group_UGV_CAMELEON-LG
ECA GROUP awarded two new contracts... DEFENCE & SECURITY

ECA GROUP recently won two contracts to supply its new-generation ground robots, CAMELEON LG, to...

Read More
VIGNETTE EVENT DSEI
DSEI 2019 | 10 September | ECA Group... DEFENCE & SECURITY

Meet ECA Group at DSEI 2019, on September 10th 2019 at 3.00 pm at the South Theater to discover...

Read More
ECA-GROUP-EVENT-MARELEC
MARELEC 2019 | 22 October| ECA Group... DEFENCE & SECURITY

Attend ECA Group conference at Marelec 2019, on October 22nd 2019 in Woods Hole, USA. Let's...

Read More
Chilean-navy-Scopene-class-submarine-Chile
ECA Group to modernize Scorpene... DEFENCE & SECURITY

ECA Group was awarded by the Chilean Navy to upgrade the Steering Consoles...

Read More
copyright 2019 eca group© all rights reserved - legal terms - privacy policy - sitemap - A Groupe Gorgé company