Mine countermeasures: the future belongs to the drones

Mines are still strategic weapons for navies: easy to deploy, formidable and inexpensive. The mining of coastal approaches, to guard against enemy intrusion attempts or, conversely, to keep a fleet in port or hinder ships’ freedom of movement in narrow straits, is naturally a concern for any navy seeking to protect its vessels’ ability to manoeuvre on and beneath the surface. Admittedly, while minefields were laid intensively during World War Two, it happens far less frequently nowadays. But mines remain a legitimate source of concern for many states.

Thales Underwater Systems: segment leader

SAMDIS’s multi aspect functionality is currently the only technology that can classify sonar echoes in a single sweep.

Pathmaster: a host of export growth drivers

  • the desire to protect the lives of these particularly exposed vessels’ crews, and
  • the evolving threat, which is becoming stealthier and stealthier and against which conventional systems have proved ineffective.

A modular drone-based system

As the global leader in this segment, Thales can draw on its experience and reputation with numerous client navies to offer innovative solutions.

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