- France and the United Kingdom are moving to the next stage of their joint offboard mine-countermeasures programme
- Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019
France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme.
The programme covers the development, build, and qualification of two prototype offboard MCM systems for trials and evaluation by the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and the UK Royal Navy (RN).
An industry team headed by Thales was selected in March 2015 to lead the jointly funded MMCM programme, with a contract for the first stage of definition work awarded that month by European defence procurement agency OCCAR on behalf of France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) and the UK's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation.
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