ECA Group is showcasing its skills in integrating robotic systems aboard naval platforms with its range of mothership designs OCTOPODA. The French company is highlighting their OCTOPODA range – OCTOPODA 500 and OCTOPODA 300 at the ongoing LIMA2019.
To meet the increasing demand from navies and other professional maritime operators, ECA Group and MAURIC have combined their respective areas of expertise to develop innovative ship designs able to carry, deploy and recover drones systems, says a company official. The OCTOPODA 500 is an Offshore Patrol Vessel dedicated to the deployment of naval drones for surveillance and protection or MCM missions. It can integrate an Unmanned Maritime Integrated System (UMISTM) from ECA Group or any typical configuration of naval drones (UAV, USV, AUV). Ready to be built and based on a sea-proven hull form it has ideal seaworthiness by high sea state in cruising speed or for UxV launch and recovery, the official informs.
While the OCTOPODA 300 is a compact solution of patrol vessel dedicated to the deployment of unmanned vehicles and naval drones for surveillance and protection or even MCM missions. It can integrate a UMISTM system from ECA GROUP or any other light configuration of naval drones. Ready to be built in GRP or aluminum and based on sea-proven hull form it has ideal seaworthiness in cruising speed or for UxV launch and recovery.
In addition to supplying robotic systems, ECA Group offers a wide number of Systems & Equipment for both Submarines and Surface Ships. These range from platform management to command & control systems as well as propulsion & energy systems.
“Underwater acoustic and electromagnetic signatures expose naval forces to detection, classification and localization threats. It is therefore necessary to have a signature management system, in order to reduce those risks when operating in potentially dangerous areas.
ECA Group has developed modular ranging systems meeting MCM and ASW requirements. These solutions include magnetic signature reduction systems and multi-influence ranges,” he adds.
ECA Group is also showcasing its UMISTM-a turnkey solution for the use of air and naval drones such as AUVs, ROVs, UAVs and USVs as well as a comprehensive software suite UMISOFTTM. All ECA Group drones are optimized to successfully perform missions in areas of Mine Counter Measures, Homeland Security, Oceanography and Hydrography, and are already used by several Navies.