During Euronaval 2016, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) confirmed that the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) will continue their collaboration for the combined MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) programme.
Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the UK, the MMCM programme develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs). Industry partners include: Thales, BAE Systems, Saab, ECA Group, and ASV Global.
The agreement signed at Euronaval between Harriet Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement in the UK and Laurent Collet-Billon, General Director of the DGA is a key milestone in the British-French co-operation and the commitment to jointly develop future unmanned naval systems.
The next stage of the programme will involve taking the first stage designs into a complete, manufactured system for assessment by the French and Royal Navies.