C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

UK plans ORCA project to upgrade MCM command information

27 February 2017

Key Points

  • ORCA seeks to update the command system fitted to RN Hunt-class and Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels
  • The project has been assigned Category C status, indicating an estimated value of GBP20-100 million

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to launch a competition for the update and refresh of the NAUTIS mine warfare combat management system (CMS) fitted to the Royal Navy's (RN's) Hunt-class and Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs).

Under the Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture (ORCA) project, the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation's Maritime Combat Systems group is seeking a solution that will address NAUTIS hardware and software obsolescence, and introduce an open architecture that can be built upon for future capabilities.

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