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Australian company Total Marine Technology (TMT) and France’s ECA Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine their expertise in the domain of unmanned technologies in order to partner for the SEA 1905 Programme for the Royal Australian Navy’s future Maritime Mine Countermeasures and Military Survey Capability. ECA made the announcement in a press release last week. SEA 1905 was announced in April 2019 to replace the RAN’s four remaining HUON class Minehunter Coastal ships. In January 2021, Australia’s Minister for Defence stated that the new ships would be based on the ARAFURA class OPV. They will deploy modular unmanned autonomous systems that will provide them with mine-hunting and military survey capabilities.

Jack Richardson