13 Sep 2017

BMT introduces new mine countermeasure concept design

BMT has launched a new mine countermeasure (MCM) concept design capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, whilst simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world.

VENARI®-85 provides a flexible platform that is capable of a wide range of roles and has been specifically designed and configured to exploit the next generation of offboard vehicles, mission systems and operational concepts.

The design is optimised for next generation warfare and hydrographic technology and can operate large numbers of air, surface and sub-surface unmanned vehicles.

By creating this flexibility in design, a clear path a clear development path is provided to enable future generations of unmanned technology and operating concepts to be hosted from VENARI®-85 as they mature and develop over the coming decades.

It will also have the capability of a wider utility to a navy in roles such as maritime security boarding, economic zone protection and contribution to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Stephen Braham, Head of Business Development (Warships) at BMT Defence Services commented: “VENARI®-85 represents a huge step change in the way MCM ship design is approached and developed.  Designing platforms with roles and future technology developments in mind seems the logical step but not one that’s often taken.

“Before attempting to design such a platform, we invested significant time and effort in operational analysis to better understand how the vessel will be deployed now and in the future, to comprehend the missions and the equipment needed to conduct them.  Such an approach not only avoids compromise and repurposing costs in later years, it also maximises the ability to conduct effective MCM throughout life.”

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