RTsys, the French manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and handheld imaging sonar for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers, announces the contract signature with the Slovenian Navy for the supply of one COMET-MCM AUV and two NEMOSENS micro-AUVs.

These three autonomous vehicles will be added to the existing range in use of SONADIVE handheld sonar units and therefore will give the Slovenian Armed Forces, through its EOD Diving Department, full capabilities for Mine Counter Measures (MCM) from very shallow water up to 300m depth.

The COMET-MCM is designed to quickly and efficiently cover large underwater areas with both high-definition sonar imaging and TV camera capabilities, offering the most accurate real-time tracking and positioning of the market. Alternatively, micro-AUVs NEMOSENS is a man-portable, modular vehicle offering the same capabilities of live tracking and high accuracy positioning in very shallow water (less than 5m) for various operations, such as beaching, rapid environmental assessment or identification, and localisation of underwater mines.

“Delivering a new complete MCM ecosystem to a NATO Country is always a privilege for RTsys and confirms the attractiveness of our company in the supply of sea-proven manned and unmanned solutions,” says Pierre-Alexandre Caux, RTsys business director. “Autonomous vehicles combined with EOD divers’ skills remain the most reliable and efficient combination to operate safe MCM operations while reducing the time of divers’ action into the water. It also makes sense for navies worldwide to cooperate closely with one unique manufacturer, from their original clarification of needs up to final delivery, operational training, spare part management and long-term support for maintenance.”

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