Three industry teams have bid to provide Belgium and the Netherlands (BE/NL) with a next-generation stand-off mine countermeasures (MCM) capability based on mother ships employing a 'toolbox' of unmanned MCM systems.
Being led by Belgium, the BE/NL future MCM capability replacement is designed to replace five Belgian Naval Component Tripartite minehunters plus the support ship Godetia , and six Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) Tripartite minehunters. Current assumptions are that the two nations will procure six systems each.
A request for proposals was issued in April 2018, with bids submitted on 2 October. Responses have been received from a teaming of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Imtech Belgium; Naval Group; and the Sea Naval Solutions consortium of STX France, SOCARENAM, and EDR.
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