The equipment proposed is based on solutions that have been developed, delivered and tested in operational conditions by some of the world’s leading navies. The subsystems and capability enhancements have been validated and demonstrated at sea during evaluation trials (Singapore, France, Japan, etc.) or official demonstrations (UW16, TTCP, North Sea Unmanned Trials 2016-2017, ANTX, etc.). The core MCM toolbox, organised around a coherent, scalable command and control system, open to new contributions, is being validated at sea for the Franco-British MMCM programme.
Flexible, modular mission management system
Even the most complex operations can be managed efficiently with the M-Cube mine countermeasures mission management system. M-Cube is suitable for all types of MCM operations, including drone-based missions, and is designed to accommodate new vehicles, subsystems and algorithms as required.
With its state-of-the-art digital user interface, M-Cube is also used for mission preparation, operational monitoring and post-mission analysis. The system is fully compliant with NATO recommendations (ATP-6, MCM EXPERT) and is already in service with six major navies.
High-performance towed-array sonar
The towed-array sonar delivers unmatched detection and classification performance and exceptional breadth of coverage. With close to 100% classification accuracy and a very low false-alarm rate, significant reduction of identifications are needed and, as a result, mine clearance missions are drastically shorter.
This high level of efficiency throughout the mine clearance operation is made possible in particular by the exceptional high-resolution imaging capabilities of the multi-view, single-path SAMDIS synthetic aperture radar.
An extensively tested Underwater Surface Vehicle (USV)
Based on developments undertaken for the MMCM programme, the Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) was specifically designed for mine countermeasures missions in all sea states and has completed a total of 110 days of sea trials. It is equipped with a Mine and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar (MOAS), and its small signature and NATO-compliant shock resistance performance reduce vulnerability to mine threats. The system is qualified for autonomous deployment of all mission payloads (TSAM towed-array sonar, mine identification and neutralisation, sweep).
Cybersecured at every level
Cybersecurity has been built into the design at every level of system design to ensure effective protection of all the data transmitted and stored onboard the unmanned vehicle. Specific intrusion detection solutions protect the USV from attempts to compromise system integrity on board or remotely.