Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has another major export contract award for its autonomous advanced ARCIMS unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The contract was awarded by an existing ARCIMS customer, who will now benefit from an additional 2 systems with updated autonomy controller and advanced mine countermeasures (MCM) payloads.
Dr Antoni Mazur, Managing Director of Atlas Elektronik UK: “This contract win consolidates AEUK’s position as a leading supplier of autonomous mine countermeasure systems, ready to counter the growing threat from maritime mines. We are delighted to be able to again supply our innovative technology to an increasing number of defence customers.’’
Mines represent a growing threat to maritime commercial and naval traffic, owing to their low-cost and relative ease of deployment. MCM is principally conducted through either finding, then destroying, a mine (mine hunting), or through causing a mine to incorrectly detonate (mine sweeping). AEUK supplies autonomous systems delivering both mine hunting and mine sweeping.
Over six years’ experience of in-service usage has been incorporated into the update of ARCIMS, with advanced developments to the autonomy controller and mine sweeping payload.
The affordable 11m ARCIMS USV has a modular architecture and is highly customisable for multiple mission roles. It is easily transportable by road, sea or air for rapid deployment from naval bases or strategic operating locations. It has a full multi-sensor sense and avoid system aligned to International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).
AEUK’s advanced MCM systems include a full suite of mine sweeping influences to defeat modern threat mines. The mine sweeping toolbox includes multiple electric, magnetic and acoustic influences, programmable from a novel, high-output power generation module (PGM). Mine hunting and mine disposal payloads are also available.
Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) is building on its legacy of innovation for underwater systems for the Royal Navy. Operating from its Headquarters at Winfrith in Dorset, AEUK has invested in its unique in-house test and integration facilities in order to support its growth in supply to UK and export markets of submarine and ship systems, including sonar, autonomous systems, marine electric actuation and mine counter-measures. With over 400 employees, AEUK is the largest subsidiary in the Atlas Elektronik Group. Atlas Elektronik Group is part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.