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Thales conducts research into mine warfare for French defence procurement agency

23 March 2007

In support of efforts by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to prepare technological and algorithmic building blocks for the naval mine countermeasures systems of the future.

In the area of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), the SACM* autonomous minehunting system, and the VAMA** autonomous anti-mine vehicle study conducted with Norway, aim to validate the concept of deploying uncrewed vehicles for mine countermeasures operations and improve the operational control of such systems.

The two demonstration programmes have been an opportunity to define a long-term partnership between Thales Underwater Systems and the underwater robotics specialist ECA.

In addition, Thales Underwater Systems is pursuing work to improve mine detection and classification algorithms and technologies, particularly the use of new piezoelectric materials.

Thales Underwater Systems will draw on its most recent developments, particularly in the area of synthetic aperture sonars, to conduct this research.

These contracts illustrate Thales's leadership in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) market, particularly in mine warfare.

*Système Autonome de Chasse aux Mines
**Véhicule Anti-Mines Autonome

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The company's civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Thales employs 70,000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of €10.3 billion in 2006.



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