Saab has signed a contract with BAE Systems for the design and development of the new multi-shot mine neutralisation system (MuMNS), in a bid to support the UK and France to better tackle underwater mine threats.
The latest development is part of a collaborative Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) project between the UK and France, which was announced in March this year.
As part of a Thales-led consortium, Saab and BAE have been working together to design a new mine disposal system.
Under the latest contract, both firms signed an agreement that allows Saab to finalise the design and development of its new multi-shot mine neutralisation system (MuMNS), which is based on a new Saab remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Saab business area, Dynamics, head Görgen Johansson said: "This is the culmination of some great collaborative efforts between Saab and a number of other companies, including Thales and BAE Systems.
"It is positive that we are now part of such a challenging collaborative project that will reinforce Saab's position at the forefront of MCM system development."
According to Saab, its MuMNS will be the neutralisation solution for the whole MMCM system and will also operate remotely from the unmanned surface vessel (USV).
In March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) agreed to invest more than £17m to design a new maritime mine counter measures (MMCM) demonstrator.
The MMCM project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using remotely-operated, unmanned marine vehicles and sensors to detect and dispose of sea-mines threat, while enhancing the maritime capability.
Image: Saab's new MuMNS can be operated remotely from the unmanned surface vessel. Photo: courtesy of Saab AB.