Saab has signed a contract with BAE Systems for the design and development of its new Multi-Shot Mine Neutralisation System (MuMNS) as part of the French/UK Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) demonstrator programme.
European defence procurement organisation OCCAR earlier this year awarded a Thales-led team − including BAE Systems − a contract for the first phase of the collaborative FR/UK MMCM project. The programme is intended to incrementally design, de-risk and demonstrate a ‘system of systems’ architecture for a remote offboard system to perform unmanned minehunting and mine neutralisation.
Both the French Navy and the Royal Navy have developed requirements for unmanned MCM capabilities to enter service in the post- 2020 timeframe. The FR/UK MMCM programme is intended to mature a solution to meet both navies’ needs, providing a flexible unmanned system that performs with greater efficiency at a lower risk to the operator.
MuMNS will be the neutralisation solution for the whole MMCM system and will operate remotely from an unmanned surface vessel, another component of the overall solution. The use of an ROV as the vehicle for MuMNS deployment is seen to afford greater flexibility and efficiency to the overall MMCM system.
“This is the culmination of some great collaborative efforts between Saab and a number of other companies, including Thales and BAE Systems, said Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics. ‘‘It is positive that we are now part of such a challenging collaborative project that will reinforce Saab’s position at the forefront of MCM system development.’’