We know that mines have a disproportionate effect to their cost, whether conventional mines or improvised they remain and will remain a significant barrier to operations in either environment.
At DSEI were a few systems on display;
Pearson Engineering showed the latest version of the Pearson Engineering Route Opening and Clearing Capability (PEROCC)
This was previously unveiled at AUSA 2012 but shown for the first time at DSEi. The design differs significantly from the previous version that was developed as part of the Mine Detection, neutralisation and Route Marking System (MINDER) technology demonstrator programme that started in April 1997.
MINDER went nowhere and ultimately the British Army assembled the Talisman capability set using a range of equipment.[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2012/07/ieds-mines-route-clearance-and-talisman/”]
Where PEROCC shines is that it is a single vehicle solution that could replace a number of vehicles in the Talisman system, with obvious personnel and cost reductions.
In the wet stuff the French Système de Lutte Anti-Mines – Futur (SLAM-F) and the UK Mines Countermeasures, Hydrographic, and Patrol Capability (MHPC) is driving a number of innovative approaches.
On display were two, the Thales HALCYON and Atlas Elektronik ARCIMS.
Autonomous Surface Vehicles, a UK company specialising in unmanned surface craft, have just announced a contract win to develop a long endurance autonomous research craft. The Royal Navy also buys surface targets from ASV and their C-Sweep may well form part of a future unmanned mine countermeasures capability.[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.asvglobal.com/military-security”]
Thales partnered with ASV last year, the C Sweep being called HALCYON, it being shown for the first time a few months ago.
The C-Sweep is modified to be able to launch and recover a Saab Seaeye ROV, recent tests have demonstrated this ability with the new multi shot disposal system based on the Seaeye Falcon
Atlas Elektronik ARCIMS
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