The Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies have chosen ECA Group’s INSPECTOR 125-class USV under their ‘Mine Countermeasures’ capability replacement programme.
INSPECTOR 125 USV comes with a low magnetic and acoustic signature to prevent mine triggering, while its unsinkability feature keeps it afloat even during mine explosions.
Designed to integrate different payloads based on the mission to be carried out, it takes less than six hours to change from one configuration to another.
Furthermore, the drone can accommodate either the AUV and its LARS in ‘taxi mode’, or the towed sonar, or mine identification and disposal system, or divers and protection units.
ECA Group will provide 17 INSPECTOR 125 USVs from 2023.
Designed by MAURIC, which is ECA Group’s naval architecture company, this platform is drawn from the V2 New Generation rescue boats, which have been in service within the French National Society of Sea Rescue (SNSM) for around ten years.
MAURIC is tasked with the design and definition of the new generation rescue boats.
Since 2008, 20 rescue vessels have been delivered.
Equipped with two engines and two waterjets, the INSPECTOR 125 platform can reach 25 knots.
It also has an endurance of 48 hours by sea state up to 4.
The INSPECTOR 125 USV comes with sea proven anti-roll system, which cuts down roll by 40%. Due to this feature, the USV can be operational up to sea state 4.
It helps in launching and recovery of underwater vehicles such as autonomous underwater vehicle), towed sonar, remotely operated vehicle by high sea states.
The carrier USV is capable of transporting and deploying payloads that were earlier reserved to larger manned vessels. It can also be configured as per the payload.