AEUK press release
This optionally-manned version of ARCIMS will host SeaSense, a variable depth sonar for shallow water search and protection operations for military, security, anti-piracy and drugs interdiction applications. When in-service the new ARCIMS SeaSense variant will operate alongside ARCIMS Mine counter‑measure (MCM) variants that have been in-service for over 6 years.
“The SeaSense sonar payload is designed to detect underwater threats, from submarines to swimmer delivery vehicles. It is particularly suited for use in shallow coastal waters where the environmental constraints limit the use of traditional ASW platforms.”
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Managing Director, Dr Antoni Mazur:
Usually supplied as a fully autonomous USV, the ARCIMS SeaSense variant was additionally required to support a crew of two and is supplied with an enclosed wheelhouse with climate control, mission module operator station, galley and toilet. The platform also offers the payload capacity, speed and endurance required to support coastal patrol operations. At 11m in length, it is transportable by commercial and military land, sea and air platforms.
The latest ARCIMS boats offer a high degree of flexibility and can be rerolled to carry mine counter-measures systems, including the AEUK unmanned Mine Sweeping mission system, SeaFox Mine Disposal System and Mine hunting Sonars. The unmanned mission is planned and overseen from a dedicated Portable Command Centre (PCC) based on shore or on a supporting Mothership. The PCC also supports manned missions with the transmission of real-time sonar data from ARCIMS SeaSense to the PCC based mission command.
This market-leading 11m ARCIMS USV is a capable and flexible platform that offers the benefits of payload capacity and transportability to enable effective search and detection, security, patrol and MCM operations.
With the acceptance of these boats, Atlas Elektronik UK further strengthens its position as the supplier of choice for this class of USV.