Exail partners with SfS on MCM solutions

Exail, formerly ECA Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian company Solutions from Silicon (SfS) to collaborate on providing advanced data management capabilities, enabling naval crews to prepare, conduct and manage their mine countermeasures (MCM) missions more efficiently.

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Under this MoU, Exail teams will integrate and interface SfS’s MINTACS software with Exail’s MCM solutions. Modules of the MINTACS software will also be integrated with Exail’s UMISOFT Mission Management System (MMS).

According to the partners, the combination of the two software will allow crews to compare data between missions, detect changes between surveys and prepare future MCM missions.

MINTACS is currently in service with navies around the world including Australia, the UK, Sweden, New Zealand and Thailand. Exail recently integrated MINTACS with UMISOFT as part of the mine countermeasures vessel modernisation program for the Latvian Navy.

“The integration of MINTACS in our solution for the Latvian Navy was a first step towards a long term collaboration with SfS,” Daniel Scourzic, VP for Strategic Programmes, Exail noted.

“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with Exail on the integration of our MINTACS software with their solutions, which will give navies an advanced solution and extended capabilities to manage and conduct their mine countermeasures missions.” Russell Norman, Technical Director, Solutions from Silicon Pty Ltd commented.

SfS and Exail are considering further joint R&D activities in Australia. Exail recently signed an MoU with Mission Systems Pty, and announced a major partnership with UGL, the Australian engineering giant in September this year, as well as with Acacia Systems and Total Marine Technology.

These collaborations show Exail’s commitment to establishing a sovereign capability locally to meet and support Australian defence requirements on a long-term basis, one of which being the SEA 1905 program for the Royal Australian Navy.