Saab has received the first order for the Multi-Shot Mine Neutralisation System (MuMNS) under the Franco-British Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) programme.
The order, worth approximately 300 MSEK (USD36.5 million), was received from prime contractor Thales acting as System Integrator of the end to end MMCM solution.
Under the order booked during Q4 2020, Saab will deliver state-of-the-art mine identification and disposal systems operated from unmanned surface vessels (USVs) which will serve with the UK Royal Navy and French Navy (Marine Nationale). The deliveries of the first systems will take place in 2022.
“We are proud to announce our first customers of the MuMNS. It’s a great success to deliver capabilities that enable these navies to perform safer and more efficient Mine Countermeasures operations, since the operator can neutralise multiple sea mines from a safe distance,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.
MuMNS delivers a new generation of mine identification and disposal in a powerful, modular system based on proven unmanned Saab technology and Mine Countermeasures solutions. This means unparalleled operational capability with greater flexibility that significantly improves operational tempo, and reduces the cost of Mine Countermeasures operations and risk to personnel.
Last year, France and the United Kingdom signed a joint contract with Thales to start the production phase of MMCM programme to deliver four unmanned mine hunting systems each to the British and French Navies. This contract came after the first phase of the MMCM program in which two demonstrators have successfully proven their operational performances at sea.
The subsystems developed for the programme by Thales and its partners, ECA Group, L3Harris and Saab, include Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) to transport and connect solutions and a cutting-edge sonar (SAMDIS) offering unique Single Path Multi View capability to identify and classify threats. The SAMDIS sonar can be carried by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) or by Towed Synthetic Aperture Multiviews (TSAM) vehicle operated from the USV. The USV can also carry a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to neutralize the threats. The entire system is remotely supervised by operators working from a Portable Operational Centre (POC) capable of controlling up to three systems in parallel at sea.
Thales anticipates the delivery of the first operational MMCM systems to French and British navies by 2022.