Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Thales and ASV to develop Unmanned Minewarfare Vehicle

Thales UK has signed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd (ASV Ltd) to develop a re-configurable Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) to meet the challenges of future off-board Mine Countermeasures (MCM) operations.

The vessel has been jointly designed to meet a number of key requirements and drivers:
· Deployable from military platforms, craft of opportunity and from shore/harbour
· Air transportable
· Payload flexibility for all MCM systems – unmanned underwater vehicles, towed sonar,
disposal systems, minesweeping
· Stable platform with excellent slow speed and towing capabilities
· Highly reliable & cost effective 

    The low signature USV, which is 11.5m in length and 3.6m in beam, will have a maximum
    speed of around 25 knots. The vehicle is now under construction and will be undergoing
    acceptance trials later this year. A series of payload trials will be conducted from early 2013
    onwards, drawing on experience gained in previous off-board system programmes.

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