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Unmanned and aerial MCM testing slated for ‘BALTOPS’

10 June 2019

The Baltic Operations (‘BALTOPS’) Mine Warfare Task Group will be testing unmanned and aerial countermine (MCM) systems during the exercise, which began 9 June, according to US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, ‘BALTOPS’ Mine Warfare commander and commander of the US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).

This is the first time that such a variety of new unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) systems and technologies will be used in ‘BALTOPS’ and experimented with during the exercise in the Baltic Sea, task group officials noted to Jane’s.

“This is also the first time we’ve brought airborne MCM measures to ‘BALTOPS’ in 10 years,” Rear Adm Robertson told Jane’s.

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