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Unmanned Era on MineSweeper

Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10, 2019

The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year.

SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agreement. France and the United Kingdom share a vision in which mine warfare of the future will consist in unmanned systems operating remotely from a command centre deployed either onboard a mother-ship or ashore.

The system, which uses Thales' TSAM sonar to detect mines, consists of three parts; A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), the Multi-Shot Mine Neutralization System by Saab, to identify and neutralize sea mines, three Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), the Espadon (Swordfish) by ECA Group with Thales payloads and an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), the C-Sweep by L3Harris ASV equipped with a towed sonar (the TSAM by Thales), to detect, classify and locate (DCL functions) the mines.

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