France and UK continue partnership on MMCM programme, first two units to be built

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EURONAVAL 2016 Online Show Daily - Press Release
 
 
 
France and UK continue partnership on MMCM programme, first two units to be built
 
Thales, BAE Systems and their partner SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) that the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) will continue their collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) programme.
     
France and UK continue partnership on MMCM programme first two units to be built  640 001From left to right, Patrice Caine, Chairman & CEO of Thales, Harriet Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement in the UK and Laurent Collet-Billon, General Director for French Procurement Agency
     
Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM programme develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs).

The agreement signed at Euronaval today between Harriet Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement in the UK and Laurent Collet-Billon, General Director for French Procurement Agency; is a key milestone in the UK-French co-operation and the commitment to jointly develop future unmanned naval systems.

The next stage of the programme will involve taking the first stage designs into a complete, manufactured system for assessment by the Royal Navy and the French Navy.

From the depths of the oceans to the edges of the universe, Thales’ systems are performing at the cutting edge of technology. Today’s strategically important agreement is an excellent example of the Anglo-French co-operation inventing the world of tomorrow," said Patrice Caine, Chairman & CEO of Thales. "Of the 300,000 WWII underwater mines , only 30% have been found or neutralized," he added.

BAE Systems Naval Ships Combat Systems Director, Richard Williams, add: “We are pleased to be starting stage two of the combined United Kingdom and French MMCM programme, which is a key milestone in the transformation of MCM capabilities and the future operational use of unmanned naval systems.”

Guénaël Guillerme, CEO of ECA Group: “ECA Group has been providing both French and UK navies with MCM subsea robots for nearly 40 years. We are proud that our wide and unique experience in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles is recognised by those two navies in MMCM program.

Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV Global: “This contract culminates years of collaborative development work around the use of autonomous systems for MMCM applications. We’re excited to progress to this next stage of the contract which will see the build of the next generation of MMCM platform following on from the Halcyon demonstrator platform showcased at the Royal Navy’s recent Unmanned Warrior exercise”.

     
 

 

 

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