Toulon. On June 10, ECA GROUP publicizes the fulfilment of the primary milestone throughout the modernisation programme of three mine countermeasures vessels belonging to the Latvian Navy, 8 months after profitable the contract for the modernisation of the Navy’s MCM capabilities. This primary milestone consists of disassembling the legacy tools of mine countermeasures vessels. Following this profitable section, and the Important Design Overview of ship structure, groups will start putting in the brand new, upgraded tools in October 2021.
ECA GROUP will set up and configure its UMIS Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Built-in System on the three vessels. The UMIS Toolbox is a complete suite of state-of-the-art expertise for unmanned, mine clearance operations, whereas eradicating the necessity for the ship to enter the minefield (stand-off idea). For the Latvian Navy, ECA GROUP will change the vessels’ typical mine detection methods primarily based on a hull sonar with a extra compact, cellular and evolutive unmanned system UMIS, consisting of AUV (Autonomous Underwater Automobile) A18-M drones fitted with the newest era ECA GROUP artificial aperture sonar UMISAS for detection, and several other underwater robots, the Seascan MK2 and Ok-STER C for mines identification and neutralisation. The brand new Extremely Quick Baseline positioning system put in rather than hull sonar allows not solely monitoring but additionally acoustic communication, changing the earlier acoustic modem which needed to be launched from the deck.
ECA GROUP will modify the vessels to accommodate the brand new tools with the help of its subsidiary MAURIC, specialised in naval structure, and Latvian industrial companions, so as to set up these new era mine countermeasures methods. A number of Latvian corporations have been consulted for the availability of kit and coordination of on-site actions and works. Different Latvian corporations may also be consulted for procurement of racks, trolleys, launch and restoration methods of drones. MAURIC will make a helpful contribution in guaranteeing the operability of the tools put in on board, guaranteeing enhanced efficiency of the ships following their upgrades.
An integral a part of the improve by ECA GROUP and MAURIC would be the full renewal of the Fight Room to combine cupboards and consoles needed for working the brand new navigation methods (WECDIS, USBL positioning system and Inertial Navigation System by iXblue), new Autopilot (by SIREHNA), and ECA GROUP’s UMISOFT software program suite for Mission Administration, Knowledge Administration and Drone Management. A brand new Iridium and Wi-Fi antenna will probably be put in on every ship for speaking with the A18-M drone on the floor.
Naval forces around the globe are confronted with financial restrictions and the necessity to rationalise assets while enhancing their capabilities so as to fulfil their more and more difficult missions of preventing threats and defending populations.
By upgrading mine warfare tools on present vessels, ECA GROUP brings cutting-edge capabilities to navies whereas enabling them to delay the lifetime of their fleet already in service. (Within the case of the Latvian Navy, that they had acquired their vessels from the Royal Netherlands Navy in 2006.) The UMIS Toolbox will also be put in on different fashions of typical mine countermeasures vessels or on ships that aren’t used for mine countermeasures.
ECA GROUP presents this modernisation resolution to all navies that intend to maintain and optimise their typical mine countermeasure vessels or take into account the acquisition of pre-owned vessels.