Mine Counter Measures
Looking for shorter sailing times and better percentage clearances? We deliver an autonomous and remote capability to support your mine countermeasure concept of operations from search, classify and map (SCM) through to neutralisation. Our technology is engineered for your mission.
What our tech can do for you
INS, DVL, imaging, tracking and comms techology for your mission
Swath each side of your UUV for pixel-perfect seabed imaging
Achievable bottom lock for shallow water missions
USV to UUV
Unmanned tracking and comms between your naval assets
Mine countermeasures (MCM)
Mine countermeasures is a difficult, time consuming and risky job. Pressure builds quickly too. A single suspect rogue mine can force your fleet to wait while you clear it. That pressure is nothing like the nightmare scenario of not detecting that mine. Fortunately, the arsenal to conduct this fight is growing. The introduction of new off-board tools for mine counter measures like unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and unmanned surface vessels (USV) are transforming the traditional means of conducting mine warfare. Navies are putting many of these systems through their paces in aid of their expeditionary forces.
Minimise the sensor–to–shooter timeline
Better percentage clearances are important, but not at the expense of the mission’s tempo. Our aim is to find more and miss less, quicker! It all comes down to the mission readiness of the off-board assets and the quality of their data. The survey instruments and the navigation sensors need to work well together. The aim is to deploy an AUV to gather actionable data. The contacts from the AUV will need to be re-acquired by either a diver or a neutraliser and every false alarm is a lost dive. Errors in the position outputs from their navigation systems will mean that the assets used to re-acquire will need to spend more time looking for the mines. This is time we don’t have. That’s why the work we do is so important, and why we listen carefully to our Navy customers’ needs.
Detect, classify, re-acquire, identify, and neutralise
We have tailored our Solstice side scan sonar to work best when mounted on an AUV or a remotely operated towed vehicle like Equinox. Solstice is made to produce actionable data across its whole swath, improving percentage clearance of the seabed by improving the probability of detection while minimising false alarms. It offers industry-leading area coverage rates (ACR) in a size, weight and power (SWAP) package suitable for man-portable UUV/AUVs. Once the mines are detected and classified, we can deploy a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with SPRINT-Nav Mini and guided by a USBL from our Ranger 2 family to quickly re-acquire the target. Then use it to carefully place a charge. The charge can then be triggered by our non-electric Initiation Transponder 6 (IT 6) acoustically, from a safe distance. Detect, classify, re-acquire, identify and neutralise.
UUVs must be able to work out their position and navigate accurately in order to best map the seafloor and potential contacts. They are great at remaining covert but, out of reach from GPS signals, they must use a combination of INS and DVL to dead-reckon their position. The result is that as time passes the UUV’s position is progressively less accurate. If we improve the dead-reckoning performance, we improve the value of the survey data. That’s why we have worked so hard to integrate our INS and acoustics solutions. Class leading navigation position and minimal set up times, one of the reasons leading AUV manufacturers are choosing to work with us.
Situational awareness of the underwater battlespace is of vital importance when conducting MCM missions. The aim is to survey a wide, often complex, area and detect with a high level of accuracy the position of all possible contacts. Underwater off-board assets enable the warfighter to remain at arm’s length from the ordnance, but this poses other challenges. Each off-board asset may be equipped with different means to position or navigate. They remain isolated while submerged and divers often dead-reckon. Our world trusted acoustic tracking solutions solve that challenge. We offer a wide range of acoustic USBL transceivers suitable for simple deployments from shore or through a deployment pole mounted on a ship. We understand acoustics and can tailor a solution to your specific needs. Our solutions are scalable and can grow with your mission while maintaining commonality. They can also be used to transmit data wirelessly underwater in a secure manner.