ECA Group awarded French Navy subsea demining ROV contract

French Ministry of Armed Forces has awarded a 5 years contract to ECA Group for supplying consumables for French navy PAP demining Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), the company announced.

The logistic support and supplying of spares and consumables is an important part of the activity in naval robotics. Sea environment is extremely demanding for equipment and systems and the level of maintenance is very important all along their life especially for subsea drones. Beyond the French Navy, ECA Group proposes a day to day support of its various equipment and systems which are deployed in more than fifteen navies around the world. As an average, logistic support represents 25 to 30 % of naval robotics activity.

The French demining PAPs will remain in activity till the mid 2020’s.They will be progressively replaced with the delivery of the future demining systems that the French Navy will order in the coming years after the results of MMCM FR/UK evaluation program.

About PAP MK6 ROV:

PAP MK6 is a self-propelled ROV dedicated to mine warfare with a high carrying capacity (NATO Mine Disposal Charge, Cutter). A robust and reliable design with high powered propulsion enables to manoeuver in strong current and to withstand harsh environmental conditions. User friendly command and control software offers auto piloting functions.

The UMIS is a very flexible system ECA Group proposes in various configurations. It can be deployed on dedicated Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMV), as well as containerized to be embarked on ship of opportunity or directly from the shore in its road transportable configuration for harbor and coastal protection.


The major Applications of the ROV in the Defence & Security Sector are Underwater Mine Warfare, Organic Underwater Mine Warfare and Conventional Underwater Mine Warfare (MCMV).

Operational Performances:

  • Endurance: up to 2 hours
  • Max speed forward: up to 8 knots
  • Nominal speed: 0 to 3 knots with up to 3kts current in any direction
  • Max operational depth: 300m
  • Operational range: up to 1500m
  • Operational sea state: up to SS4 according to recovery system
  • Tracking system: all type compatible


  • Length: 3100mm
  • Height: 1200mm
  • Width: 1100mm
  • Weight in air: 600kg
  • Tilt head angle: +90° to -90°
  • Li ion secondary battery
  • 4 horizontal and 2 vertical thrusters
  • Electronic scanning sonar
  • PTZ & Tail cameras for accurate identification

About ECA Group:

ECA Group is a French company established in 1936 and specializing in the design, manufacture, marketing and maintenance of robotic equipment and systems operating in hostile environments.

In June 2017, ECA Group had successfully demonstrated its Unmanned Mine Counter Measure Integrated System (UMIS) to the Belgium and Netherland Navies which plan to replace their conventional minehunters with unmanned systems before French Navy.

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