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Unmanned MCM capabilities showcased

21st June 2017 - 11:00 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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A complete unmanned mine counter measure (MCM) detect-to-engage mission has been demonstrated at the Belgium Navy’s North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials (BE NSU).

The 11 June mission utilised an ARCIMS USV fitted with a AQS-24B minehunting sonar from Northrop Grumman and the SeaFox mine disposal system from Atlas Elektronik (AEUK).

The six hour detect-to-engage mission included 12km² of continuous mine hunting survey at 14 knots with two laser identification runs and a SeaFox engagement against a target mine, which was successfully detected and classified by the towed sonar.

Commenting on the trial's success, John Sutcliffe, AEUK director business development, said: ‘AEUK

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