The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has announced five shortlisted candidate companies to enter the next stage of the harmonised UK/French maritime mines countermeasures programme.
For the French, it is the Système de Lutte Anti-Mines – Futur (SLAM-F) and the UK, Mines Countermeasures, Hydrographic, and Patrol Capability (MHPC). Although the two programmes have differences there is enough commonality for a joint approach, managed by OCCAR and agreed during the recent Anglo French defence accord. Both are concentrating on creating a system of systems that will support offboard detection, classification and neutralisation of a range of mines.
The shortlisted companies will now enter the ‘invitation to participate in dialogue’ phase.
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