MMCM - Maritime Mine Counter Measures
France and the United Kingdom share a vision in which Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) capability is delivered by unmanned systems operating remotely from a command centre deployed either on board ship or ashore.
The objective of the OCCAR-managed MMCM Programme is to develop, manufacture and qualify two systems to achieve this vision by demonstrating prototype technologies, combined to deliver agile, interoperable and robust MMCM capability.
By defeating static underwater threats at pace, these systems will give strategic, operational and tactical freedom of manoeuvre and thereby assure the delivery of Maritime Force Projection and Maritime Security at the time and place of the States’ choosing in support of a wide range of naval operations.
The FR/UK MMCM Programme is structured in four distinct stages:
- Stage 1 – Study: definition and design stage culminating with a successful Critical Design Review for the Primary System.
- Stage 2 – Manufacture: development, manufacture and testing of individual sub-systems progressively and iteratively.
- Stage 3 – Qualification: demonstration of capabilities in order to qualify the system using realistic operational scenarios.
- Stage 4 – 24 month Operational Evaluation: delivery of systems to both the Royal Navy and the Marine Nationale together with contractor support during extended at-sea evaluation and development of concepts for use.
The FR/UK MMCM Contract for the demonstration phase was awarded in March 2015 and alongside this the programme was integrated into OCCAR.
OCCAR-EA signed a contract for the production of nine Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) primary systems with Thales Defense Mission Systems (TDMS) in November 2020. Three of these nine primary systems will be delivered to the United Kingdom (UK), four primary systems (plus two additional as options, to be exercised in 2021) to France.
The contract to proceed with Stages 2 and 3 of the Maritime Mine Counter Measure (MMCM) Programme has been jointly announced, on 20 October, at EURONAVAL by the United Kingdom (UK) Defence Procurement Minister, Harriet Baldwin and for France by the Head of the defence procurement office (Direction Générale de l'Armement), Laurent Collet-Billon.
On behalf of France and the United Kingdom (UK), OCCAR has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales Underwater Systems, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France (ECA) and in the UK (ASV, Wood & Douglas, SAAB UK).