ECA Group Starts Production of Drone Boats for Minesweepers in Russia

Rubric: Russia, Industry, Future

Within the next two years the French ECA Group will arrange production of unmanned boats Inspector Mk2 and anti-mine submersibles Seascan Mk2 in Russia, the company’s director Dominique Mallet told Mil.Today.

As for him, ECA Group initially planned to sell Russia four unmanned boats and four submersibles for Alexandrite-class minesweepers. Later on, however, the parties agreed upon delivery of only three boats. Russia has received two Inspectors, another one is to be delivered by the end of 2017. The contract costs about €10 mln.

Inspector Mk2 drone boat

"Although our products are beyond the sanctions, Russia refused to buy the fourth boat and decided to build them independently. In the next two years we plan to kick off production of Inspector boats and their submersibles here, in Russia", Mallet said.

Since 1936, ECA Group has been focused on innovative projects in robotics, automated systems, modeling and industrial processes. The company’s drone boat is used on the Project 12700 lead minesweeper Aleksandr Obukhov.

Project 12700 (codenamed Alexandrite) harbor minesweeper was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau for the Russian Navy. The mine defense ships of this type are designed for searching and destruction of mines in littoral waters around naval stations. Ships of this project are expected to become the basis of the renewed Russian Navy’s minesweeping force.