Unmanned Warrior is an opportunity for UK companies to showcase their maritime autonomous systems in a tactically relevant domain to the Royal Navy. “It’s the perfect environment for us to demonstrate our naval mine countermeasures capabilities”, says Head of Surface Ships division at AEUK, James Young. “ARCIMS has proven USV capabilities, with two contracts received from international navies in 2015.
Due to this increase in demand, we are ramping up our production capacity, and are currently fitting out the sixth ARCIMS at our dedicated Integration Facilities at Winfrith in Dorset.”
Previous contracts include:
• A portable influence mine sweeping capability for the Royal Navy which is also deployable from the Royal Navy HUNT class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV)
• An ARCIMS USV supplied to WTD71 in Germany to evaluate unmanned systems technologies for MCM
• RNMB Hazard used by the Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (MASTT)
• Two portable Minesweeping Mission Systems supplied to a Middle East Navy.
As a systems integrator, AEUK works with partners to provide world leading autonomous mission systems.
Currently, ARCIMS is being integrated with the Northrop Grumman Corporation AQS-24B
Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS). It is the only operationally proven, high speed towed mine hunting system in the world that can be deployed from airborne and surface platforms. ARCIMS which is 11 metres in length has a large open deck space, four tonne payload capacity and high tow performance across a wide speed range, making integration easy.
Integration testing of ARCIMS and AQS-24B, including remote launch and recovery of the towed sonar will take place at the AEUK Bincleaves waterside facilities at Portland Harbour during September 2016.
ARCIMS is reconfigurable with modular payloads for MCM, Hydrography, Coastal ASW, Maritime Security and Force Protection. The ARCIMS USV can operate remotely, autonomously or as a manned vessel. Designed for military applications with a shock resistant hull and a low underwater radiated signature, the twin hull and twin jet propulsion gives high manoeuvrability, good stability and a top speed of over 40 knots.
ARCIMS will be available for further customer demonstration and purchase after UMW16. Furthermore, AEUK is awaiting imminent overseas contracts for ARCIMS, making the Company a true global leader in the supply of military autonomous mission systems.