ECA Robotics’ Belgian subsidiary has inaugurated a new research and development (R&D) centre in Mouscron, Belgium.

The centre, which will be used to carry out mine warfare related R&D activities, is part of a new building that also houses ECA Robotics Belgium’s headquarters.

An opening ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the new offices. It was attended by Belgian Defence Minister Ludivine Dedonder.

ECA Robotics Belgium CEO Steven Luys said: “These new offices are supporting the growth that ECA Robotics Belgium is currently experiencing, and evidence of the acceleration of its recent development.

“We would like to thank the city of Mouscron, the IEG local authority, and the Belgian Defence for their support in setting up ECA Robotics in Belgium.”

A total of 18 employees, including a team of seven engineers, are already working on new innovations in the field of mine countermeasures (MCMs).

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ECA said that the new offices can accommodate 25 workers.

In July this year, ECA Robotics Belgium was awarded a contract for the Mine Risk Clearance for Europe (MIRICLE) project. This project work will be carried out at the Mouscron premises.

The MIRICLE project, which is worth $11.8m, will be implemented under the umbrella of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP).

Dedonder said: “As minister, it is important for me to be here for this occasion, a prime example of how the Belgian Defence and industry are collaborating in the interests of our security.

“The Research & Development performed here contributes to building the foundations of our Belgian Navy 2.0, with new technologies to reinforce our position as a world authority in the field of mine countermeasures.

“The defence, companies and the academic world have the opportunity of working together to create a more secure future for our country and its residents.”

ECA GROUP recently awarded contracts to Patria and CTM to deliver electromagnetic and acoustic modules for a minesweeping solution.