Belgium, Netherlands Sign Joint MCMV Contract

Belgian Defence Minister Didier Reynders and Dutch Secretary of State for Defence Barbara Visser signed the contract with Naval Group and ECA Robotics on 5 July in Brussels to supply their countries with six mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), their ministries announced. The 2,800-tonne vessels will be equipped with a package of unmanned surface...

Belgian Defence Minister Didier Reynders and Dutch Secretary of State for Defence Barbara Visser signed the contract with Naval Group and ECA Robotics on 5 July in Brussels to supply their countries with six mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), their ministries announced.

The Belgian and Dutch MCMVs will be equipped with a package of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles operated autonomously from the Inspector 125 unmanned surface vessel. (Naval Group/Belgium Naval & Robotics)
The Belgian and Dutch MCMVs will be equipped with a package of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles operated autonomously from the Inspector 125 unmanned surface vessel. (Naval Group/Belgium Naval & Robotics)

The 2,800-tonne vessels will be equipped with a package of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles from ECA Robotics: A18-M autonomous underwater vehicles, T18-M towed sonars, and mine identification/destruction systems comprising Seascan and K-ster C remotely operated vehicles operated autonomously from the Inspector 125 unmanned surface vessel, which can be launched and recovered by the MCMVs. The package also includes 10 unmanned aerial and mine sweeping vehicles.

Source: www.janes.com