ECA Group press release
This contract, worth around € 20 million will last over 48 months and will allow to modernize the mine clearance capacities of the customer, a Navy, in order to improve their performance against sea mines. The evolution of the mine threat in maritime areas is a current and growing concern for many countries.
For 50 years, ECA Group has been supplying navies all around the world with unmanned systems for underwater mine clearance. The contract awarded in 2019 by the Belgian and Netherlands navies, for the renewal of their mine countermeasure capacities with innovative drone systems, has confirmed ECA Group’s innovation capacity over the decades.
This new modernization contract confirms ECA Group’s capacity to push forward existing underwater mine clearance systems and bring them closer to the performance of the most recent ones. ECA Group is particularly proud of the trust placed in its expertise and solutions by navies worldwide. A trust renewed by this client already equipped with ECA Group drones for several decades.
Naval News comments:
We believe this important modernization contract could be for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The South East Asia country is already an extensive user of ECA Group’s unmanned Mine Counter Measures (MCM) solutions. It was a pioneer in the field of unmanned mine warfare as it was one of the very first navy in the world to deploy both USVs and UUVs for this mission. The RSN is an existing customer of ECA Group’s K-STER mine disposal system.
In addition, Singapore is notorious for keeping very quite about its defense procurement in general. The RSN however can be quite open about the systems it uses, as you may see in this video we recorded last year during IMDEX Asia 2019 at Changi Naval Base: