ECA Group, subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, has been awarded a new contract for the delivery of two man portable Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) A9-M for an amount over 1 million Euros. Successfully used by the French Navy and several others since 2013, the A9-M will quickly join a NATO Navy.
This AUV solution developed by ECA Group, is specifically designed for underwater survey and in particular for the Mine Counter Measure operations in shallow and medium water.
A9 can be used as a standalone system with its own mission management software.
It can also be integrated in a more comprehensive robotic system able to fulfill all the Mine Counter Measures operations. This MCM robotic package, fully developed by ECA Group, combines:
- A9-M AUV for high performance Mine detection and classification,
- SEASCAN MK2 ROV for Mine Identification,
- K-STER C for Mine neutralization,
- UMIS (Unmanned Mine Counter Measure Information System): a Mission management system dedicated to MCM.
Thus, A9 range, designed in 2012, integrates the latest AUV technologies in addition to ECA Group's 50 years of experience in robotics. Thanks to their modular design, they can be equipped with various payloads and used for different applications such as mine detection and classification, seabed coastal and harbor surveillance.
A good level of activity shown during the second half
The signing of this new contract complements the significant order intake since the beginning of the second half announced at the 2015 interim results. The Group would point out that two contracts for protecting ships against underwater mines were won in Asia by the Robotics and Embedded Systems division of ECA Group. These two contracts, totaling in the region of €25 million, will be fulfilled in 2016 and 2017.
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Established in 1990, Group Gorgé is an industrial group operating in different areas of expertise:
Smart Safety Systems – Using technology to work in risk environments;
Protection in Nuclear Environments – Protecting people and securing buildings operating with radioactive materials;
Industrial Projects & Services Conducting Robotics and Fire protection systems projects for industry and service-sector player;
3D Printing – Enabling major industry players to find new routes to successful innovation and production processes by providing systems, 3D printers and new premium material.
In 2014, the Group reported revenue of €223.3 million. It is backed by 1,370 employees and operations in over ten countries.
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