Thales has successfully validated the capability and compatibility of its two mine countermeasure systems (MCM) to operate with several NATO navies and industry partners.
The two solutions, including MiMap and M-Cube command-and-control (C2) MCM system, were tested during Nato’s international maritime exercise, named Dynamic Messenger 2022.
It was held in Portugal to assess capabilities of participating naval forces to use uncrewed systems to counter sea mines and submarine threats.
The exercise showcased that MiMap and M-Cube can interoperate with other naval vessels, as per the Nato standards.
During the exercise, Thales’ MiMap and M-Cube solutions were deployed to perform a mine-warfare scenario alongside the French Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal divers and RTSys-built diver-held sonar and navigation system, called Sonadive.
The scenario, which involved deployment of uncrewed systems on an 8km² mined area, was managed by Allied Maritime Command and Allied Command Transformation.
According to Thales, the test concluded that both its C2 MCM systems are eligible to be equipped with various platforms operating under Nato Additive Military Layer standards.
The test involved integration of M-Cube MCM mission management system with MiMap mission analysis tool that further allowed to combine the gathered and processed data with the Nato’s network C3MRE/CATL.
The C3MRE/CATL network interfaced different industrial solutions, including Sonadive, with NATO navies.
The drills also allowed Thales to demonstrate the capability of its MCM systems to read the foreign sonar data emitted from participating autonomous platforms.
MiMap can be used for analysing sonar data in both real-time and recorded formats, while M-Cube is deployed with autonomous and conventional MCM vessels.
Once integrated, the two can minimise cognitive load of commanders and operators by facilitating effective decision-making to counter adversaries.