Thales’ Uncrewed Surface Vessel Passes a Significant Milestone in Autonomous Mine Hunting Trials

Date: Issue 123 - July 2023

The program aims to deliver world-leading maritime mine warfare capabilities, keeping the UK and France at the forefront of naval autonomous systems technology. The delivery of uncrewed mine clearance platforms will allow the Royal Navy (RN) to continue its important role of keeping shipping lanes open without putting  sailors or crewed platforms into the threat area.

Fitted with a powerful combination of sensors, including radar, LIDAR (light detection and ranging), and electro-optical and infrared cameras, the vessel’s position was continuously relayed to the command-and-control center over a secure communications network.