BAE Systems to Provide Mine Counter Measures for RAN
BAE Systems has offered a low-risk solution to provide the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with deployable mine counter measures.
The company has offered a mission system for the SEA 1778 request for tender, which incorporates products with proven overseas use that will be locally delivered and supported in Sydney.
Under the proposed solution, BAE Systems will maximise the use of off-the-shelf products for undertaking mine and obstacle detection, classification, identification, avoidance and neutralisation (where necessary).
BAE Systems Australia’s Director Land & Integrated Systems, Graeme Bent said, “Our solution will safeguard vessels and crew supporting the Australian Defence Force’s amphibious capabilities, headlined by the two new Landing Helicopter Docks currently being fitted out by BAE Systems in Williamstown, Victoria.
“Our highly compliant mission system employs manned and unmanned systems and uses advanced technology for mine hunting with minimal risk.”
The mission system includes REMUS, the only combat-proven Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), currently in-service with 17 naval operators worldwide. The reliable AUV Hydroid REMUS 600 and man-portable AUV Hydroid REMUS 100 from UVS form an important part of the solution.
BAE Systems will also introduce technology from Sonartech Atlas and two Australian designed and built boats supplied by Britton Maritime Systems.
Press Release, October 07, 2014; Image: BAE Systems