About the Autonomous Mine-Hunting Systems
The FR/UK MMCM programme is being delivered by Thales. It will deliver cutting-edge mine hunting equipment to the Royal Navy and the Marine nationale, comprising of uncrewed surface vessels, mine hunting payloads and remote command centres. Operators of the system can detect and neutralise mines from miles away, ensuring they can keep vital sea lanes open, with much-reduced risk to ships and the lives of sailors.
The WILTON system has been delivered by Atlas Electronik. It contains crewed and uncrewed surface vessels, mine detection payloads and remote command centres. WILTON is already being operated by the Royal Navy in the Clyde area and the Gulf.
The SWEEP system is being delivered by Atlas Electronik. It contains uncrewed surface vessels, coil auxiliary boats and remote command centres. Each system can emit magnetic, electric, and acoustic signals to detonate a variety of sea mines. SWEEP is a complimentary system used to deal with mines that cannot be dealt with using other mine-hunting tactics.
The SEACAT system is being delivered by Atlas Electronik. It will be used with crewed and uncrewed surface vessels for additional discreet / covert capability to search for underwater threats.
Initially, the MHC programme is utilising two Host Platforms. RFA Stirling Castle was acquired to 2023 to be the UK host platform and has received minimum modification for its new role. RFA Cardigan Bay is being similarly modified to be the Gulf host platform.