This project is a key element in the European Defence Agency’s “European Unmanned Maritime Systems for Mine Counter Measures and other Naval applications” programme. With the introduction of a European Union Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS) a renewed emphasis has been placed on Europe’s Maritime affairs. Crucial to this is the preservation of Sea Lines of Communication, ensuring the free and safe movement of trade and people. The MLM project is developing the future technological solutions to meet that will help meet some of the challenges of the EUMSS.
The main purpose of this project is to demonstrate an unmanned lightweight modular minesweeping system. The project does not provide for a fully operational system, but instead is based upon modifications to currently available assets.
The project is managed by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and consists of seven additional companies. Calzoni from Italy, CTM – Poland, DCNS – France, DGA- France, SIEL – Italy, Thales Underwater Systems in France and finally WTD71 in Germany.