21 January 2022
by Richard Scott
The Inspector 125 USV within the LARS onboard VN
Rebel. (Belgium Naval & Robotics)
The launch and restoration system (LARS) developed for the Belgium/Netherlands (BE/NL) alternative mine countermeasures (rMCM) programme has accomplished stay testing with an Inspector 125 unmanned floor automobile (USV) within the Mediterranean.
Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium of Naval Group and ECA Group – stated the 13 January trials demonstrated “relevance and reliability in real conditions”. LARS testing from the chartered offshore assist vessel VN Rebel was witnessed from representatives of each the Belgian and Netherlands navies.
Belgium Naval & Robotics was contracted in May 2019 by Belgian Defense Forces for the supply of a next-generation stand-off BE/NL rMCM functionality primarily based on mom ships using a ‘toolbox' of offboard MCM methods. The 10-year contract, valued at nearly EUR2 billion (USD2.27 billion), covers the availability of 12 2,700-tonne displacement mom ship vessels (six for every navy) plus MCM toolboxes primarily based on unmanned/autonomous methods drawn from ECA's personal UMIS offboard MCM suite.
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