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French Navy demos SLAMF USV

12th July 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The French Navy has demonstrated the capabilities of the USV developed for the SLAMF programme in Brest Harbour.

The SLAMF programme grew out of the Franco-British Lancaster House agreement initiated in 2010. The system is set to significantly improve France’s mine warfare in the next decade.

The SLAMF system includes a USV equipped with a towed sonar for the detection, classification and location of mines, three AUVs and an ROV for the identification and neutralisation of mines.

During the demonstration the USV detected, classified and located mines, transmitting sonar images in real time to a C2 operator.

The USV prototype was launched in 2017 and qualification for the whole system is set for December 2019. From 2020, tests will be conducted on operational scenarios in the Brest area and in Great Britain to complete the qualification.

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