SAAB, The Makers Of Gripen Jets, To Deliver Remote-Controlled Mine Disposal Systems To British & French Navies
The Swedish aerospace & defense giant, Saab (the company behind Gripen fighter jets) received its first order of the underwater mine disposal system operated by unmanned vehicles. The remote-controlled vehicles, capable of identifying and defusing mines from a safe distance, will be delivered to the British and French navies.
Thales Group is a French multinational aerospace company that signed the deal worth 300 million Swedish kronor (US $37 million) will start receiving the Saab’s state-of-the-art mine identification and disposal systems Multi-Shot Mine Neutralization System (MuMNS) in 2022.
The order is a part of the Franco-British Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) program. These systems will serve with the Royal Navy and the French Navy.
“We are proud to announce our first customers of the MuMNS. It’s a great success to deliver capabilities that enable these navies to perform safer and more efficient mine countermeasures operations since the operator can neutralize multiple sea mines from a safe distance,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics said in a statement.
The MuMNS system comprises an ROV equipped with up to three Mine Neutralisation System (MNS) charges, surface unit, Launch and Recovery System (LARS), winch with tether, and a control position. It can be operated from a range of platforms including Mine Countermeasures vessels, Unmanned Surface Vessels.