ECA Robotics to build unmanned minehunting vehicles for Belgian, Dutch navies

Photo: ECA Group

ECA Robotics, a French subsidiary of ECA Group, has entered into an agreement wherein it will outsource the manufacture and delivery of unmanned mine countermeasures (MCM) vehicles to its Belgian subsidiary ECA Robotics Belgium.

The unmanned vehicles are part of an MCM capacity renewal being undertaken by the Belgian and Dutch navies. Specifically, the robotic vehicles will be deployed aboard a series of 12 new large MCM surface vessels.

The unmanned vehicles include both surface and underwater vehicles. These will be equipped with various combinations of mine detecting sonar and mine disposal systems.

Production is expected to commence in 2022.

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