PARIS LA DEFENSE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Nov 26, 2020–
Following the first phase of the program in which two demonstrators have successfully proven their operational performance at sea, France and the UK mark the tenth anniversary of the Lancaster House agreement by signing a joint contract for Thales to start the production phase. MMCM to deliver eight unmanned mine hunting systems (four for France and four for Britain).
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Given the threat of mines and improvised explosive devices in all conflicts involving naval forces, states need to strengthen the protection of their maritime territories, to ensure the protection of their assets and to safeguard freedom of civilian navigation. At the same time, it is important to limit human exposure to mines. With 50 years of expertise serving navies around the world, Thales develops technologies that enable the transition from conventional solutions, such as mine hunters, to unmanned solutions. That MMCM This program is the first step in the renewal of the operational concept of mine warfare in France and the United Kingdom, based on the use of an unmanned system that has the potential to replace traditional miners.
It is a step change in capability, increasing performance, productivity and eliminating the need to put members of the armed forces at risk. This strengthens the leadership of the French Navy and Royal Navy as world leaders in mine hunting and unmanned systems in the maritime domain.
Subsystems developed for the program by Thales and its partners include Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) for transporting and connecting state-of-the-art solutions and sonar ( SAMDIS ) offers a unique Single Path Multi View capability to identify and classify threats. That SAMDIS sonar can be carried by Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) or by Towed Synthetic Aperture Multiviews ( TSAM ) a vehicle operated from the USV. The USV can also carry Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to neutralize threats. The entire system is monitored remotely by an operator working from the Portable Operations Center (POC) capable of controlling up to three systems in parallel at sea.
MMCM is the only system proven to offer advanced technology, including autonomy, to improve performance and productivity thanks to the combination of an unmatched real-time user experience using big data exchange with trusted additional artificial intelligence (A 2 I) to deliver a huge increase in customer trust on operating licenses and enhancing the security of national interests. As a result of Thales’ open architecture approach to MMCM, these new technologies can be easily integrated into the system as a whole, giving navies the opportunity to introduce new operational capabilities, in a planned, system-long life.
After the success of the first configuration carried out in real operational conditions with a complete system, Thales is now fully committed to delivering the first operational systems to the French and British navies by 2022.The program testifies to the exemplary cooperation between the two countries and industrial teams and anchors of expertise. Thales’ unique and world-leading position in conventional MCM, supporting more than half of the world’s anti-mine vessels with more than 300 systems in service.
“Thales thanks France and England for believing in such an important technology transition with Thales’ teams in France and Great Britain. To date during trials, the MMCM system and its assets have covered 30,000 soccer fields at sea, sometimes with very poor sea conditions. This is truly a step change in how the Navy will be able to respond in the future to vicious threats such as mines and homemade explosives at sea. ” Alexis Morel, VP Underwater Systems, Thales.
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global high-tech leader investing in digital innovation and “deep technology” – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology – to build a future we can trust, which is critical. for the development of our society. The company provides solutions, services and products that help its customers – businesses, organizations and the state – in the defense, aeronautics, aerospace, transportation and digital identity and security markets to fulfill their mission-critical needs, placing people at the heart of the decision-process. making.
With 83,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of € 19 billion in 2019 (including Gemalto for 12 months).
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