ECA’s AUVs for Asian navy
ECA Group has delivered unmanned mine disposal systems to the navy of an unnamed Asian country, the company announced on 8 September.
The naval force is transferring its mine countermeasure capability from manned 50m vessels with a crew of 40, to an unmanned system controlled by three personnel.
The country's new unmanned surface vessel (USV) system will deploy ECA's K-STER I and K-STER C expendable mine disposal systems, which can be remotely piloted and use a highly secured dedicated link for the demining neutralisation sequence.
The USV will use the K-STER I for inspection and in the event a mine is detected, launch the K-STER C to conduct the demining mission. All the vehicles are launched autonomously with an automated launch and recovery system, remotely piloted via a radio or satellite link.
The training for maintenance and pilotage of the systems has been conducted at ECA premises in the South of France.
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