ECA Group press release
The company’s expert team highlights how ECA Group’s fleet of sea-proven robotic autonomous systems can give the Royal Australian Navy immediate access to world-leading capability in maritime Mine Counter Measures (MCM) and Military Survey.
The privately-owned ECA Group has been a trusted name in defense technology for almost 90 years and a market leader in the specialist maritime domain for more than half a century. It also operates in civil aerospace and provides training simulators.
The company’s advanced mine warfare systems are in operational service with 30 international navies. The fleet includes advanced autonomous surface and subsea robotic systems designed and sea proven in the most demanding military situations.
Integrated with airborne drones, the company’s robots significantly enhance the speed and accuracy of mine clearance, without ships and crew needing to venture into the high-risk danger zone.
As a shortlisted contender for the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1905 program, ECA Group will offer its operationally proven solutions to help fast-track Australia’s sovereign capability in the Indo Pacific, demonstrating the company’s commitment to long-term operations in Australia and significantly enhancing Australian Industry Capability and technology access.
ECA Group CEO Dominique Giannoni said the use of robotic autonomous systems was proving to be a gamechanger for navies, highlighting ECA Group’s successful experience with the Belgian and Dutch Mine Counter Measures program, the world’s most advanced solution for MCM, and Oceanographic Institutes for ultra-deepwater systems up to 6000m.
“We are here to introduce to Australia’s decision-makers how ECA Group and its local partners, industry and academia, offer a world-class solution for mine warfare and military survey to the Royal Australian Navy. Our sea proven solution replaces the need to send manned vessels into a minefield. ECA Group’s stand-off systems have been specifically designed and optimised to be deployed from motherships or crafts of opportunity outside the minefield or directly from the shore, successfully conducting missions at sea while keeping crews safe and out of the minefield.”
Romain Dumont, SEA 1905 Capture Leader
“We are proud to be introducing this capability to Australia and excited at the opportunity to build our presence in Australia for the long term. Partnering with local companies is a key success factor in this kind of program, noting we will work closely with them to provide an evergreened solution in collaboration with the Navy and local research institutions for the whole duration of the program.” Dumont added.