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Danish firm SH Defence has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Finnish companies DA-Group and Forcit Defence to jointly develop a modular naval minelaying solution.

The multi-party agreement will allow the three firms to explore the possibility of using SH Defence’s containerised modular mission system, called Cube, for launching, laying as well as storing sea mines.

The companies will work on expanding Cube’s payload portfolio, which currently can support over 300 payloads from nearly 160 different vendors.

SH Defence area sales director Lars Gullaksen said: “Cube System from SH Defence is rapidly becoming standard within modularisation of maritime mission capabilities for naval, coastguard and SAR vessels around the world, especially within Nato and around Baltic Sea.

“This partnership with DA-Group and Forcit allows us to jointly develop multi-mission capabilities and expand portfolio of payloads to include modern sea mines for adaptability of Scandinavian, Nato and other navies.”

According to SH Defence, Cube is cost-efficient, flexible and multi-mission system that can host/deploy various equipment and can also be configured in any naval vessel in few hours.

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DA-Group Defence and Aerospace chief business officer Kristian Tornivaara said: “We have been working with sea mines and mission modularity for years and we have seen the need for such system. This is also the reason for SUMICO, which now can be utilised in Cube to enhance navies’ operational capabilities and flexibility.”

The partnership, which is based on Cube modular solution and its associated handling equipment, will further include design and conception supported by DA-Group’s SUMICO naval minelaying system.

Forcit Defence executive vice-president Hannu Hytti said: “With this partnership with SH Defence and DA Group we are able to provide world class full spectrum naval capabilities for maritime defence.”