DSEI 2017

System counters mines [DSEI17D3]

14 September 2017

BAE Systems (Stand S3-110) has unveiled the latest iteration of its widely sold NAUTIS 5 mine countermeasures (MCM) command and control system at DSEI 2017.

Known as NAUTIS 5, it incorporates a number of new and improved features including a new open architecture to enable improved integration of autonomous and off-board systems; a new and improved human computer interface; and embedded onboard training.

Variants of NAUTIS are currently installed on board more than 65 ships from seven navies worldwide. The Royal Navy’s (RN’s) seven Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) are fitted with the NAUTIS 3 version, while the eight Hunt-class MCMVs are configured with NAUTIS 4.

According to Richard Williams, BAE Systems Naval Ships’ Combat Systems Director, NAUTIS 5 represents the result of a long-term investment and vision for MCM and autonomy mission systems.

‘‘We have worked closely with our customers and equipment providers to understand operational needs and how to address them. As a result, we have developed a world-class system that keeps BAE Systems at the forefront of MCM.’’

The autonomous system capabilities embedded in NAUTIS 5 draw on knowledge accrued by BAE Systems from a number of autonomous systems projects and programmes, including the RN’s ‘Unmanned Warrior 2016’ exercise and Dstl’s Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation (MAPLE) research programme.

NAUTIS 5 uses commercial, off-the-shelf hardware based on Shared Infrastructure technology − an innovative hardware solution that hosts software from multiple combat system technology providers on a single system. For MCM ships using existing versions of NAUTIS, BAE Systems has developed a simple upgrade that can be installed in short maintenance periods without the need to change onboard consoles.

The DSEI Daily understands that a variant of NAUTIS 5 is likely to be offered by BAE Systems for the UK’s Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture (ORCA) programme, which is intended to replace the legacy NAUTIS systems in RN service.

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