EDEX 2023: Thales displays PathMaster unmanned mine counter measure


At the EDEX 2023 event, Thales showcased its Pathmaster system, a new unmanned mine countermeasures system. This system, designed for naval forces, aims to reduce crew risk exposure in mine countermeasure operations.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 PathMaster unmanned mine counter measure at EDEX 2023. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)


The Pathmaster system can be launched from various naval platforms, including mine countermeasures vessels and other types of naval ships.

A key feature of Pathmaster is the integration of Thales's SAMDIS, a state-of-the-art synthetic aperture sonar. This high-resolution sonar is equipped with multi-aspect imaging technology, enhancing its ability to classify and identify mines.

The advanced technology of SAMDIS ensures high performance in detection, classifying even the most elusive mines with accuracy. This capacity is crucial for ensuring safe naval operations in mine-infested waters.

Pathmaster is designed to meet the operational requirements of a wide range of naval forces, from emerging powers to established navies. Its expert system is capable of reliable detection, classification, and location of mines.

The system's ease of use is another significant aspect. It includes an automatic deployment and recovery system, automatic target recognition functions, and user-friendly tactical software for effective minefield management.

Thales's development of Pathmaster is part of its broader initiative to advance naval technologies, particularly in transitioning from conventional mine countermeasure methods to modern, unmanned systems.