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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.

MMCM Participating States
For further information about the MMCM Programme, please contact the Programme Division or the Prime Contractor.
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OCCAR-EA MMCM Programme Division


Thales Defence Mission Systems

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