Royal Navy orders three autonomus minesweepers from Atlas Elektronik
The UK’s Ministry of Defence announced that the Royal Navy has ordered three new autonomous minesweeping systems from Atlas Elektronik.
The $34 million deal for the Combined Influence Minesweeping (SWEEP) system's three production units will give the Royal Navy its first autonomous minesweeping capability and allow workers to neutralize mines from a distance.
The technology of the device can defeat modern digital sea mines that can track ships and submarines passing overhead and target them.
An autonomous surface vessel (ASV) capable of towing equipment is included in each SWEEP system to produce magnetic, acoustic and electric signatures that mimic passing ships and enable various types of sea mines.
A portable command center that can be based on board or on ground, controls the machine. With the device, the Royal Navy has already performed extensive practical trials.
“This innovative system has come about through close collaboration between DE&S, industry and the Royal Navy. This cutting-edge technology will allow UK personnel to carry out their duties in a safer environment and provide enhanced protection to both military and commercial vessels," stated Barry Miller, the head of the Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) team at Defence Equipment & Support.
The agreement follows the November announcement that the United Kingdom has concluded a joint agreement with France for the three Thales Autonomous Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) mine hunting systems.
The first device will be delivered at the end of 2022 and will conduct an operational review before it enters service.
Maritime Business World