ECA GROUP equips Lithuanian Navy with its underwater robot K-STER

March 30 2020 – ECA GROUP will provide the Lithuanian Navy with its K-STER mine disposal vehicles to be used for mine counter measures at sea.

After being one of the first navies to be equipped with ECA GROUP’s K-STER MIDS ROV back in 2009, the Lithuanian Navy, renewed its trust in the capabilities of this solution to neutralize sea mines.

Ordering another batch of this system, the Lithuanian Navy confirms its trust and satisfaction towards the performances of the K-STER.

Leveraging on the success of PAP launched in the 70’s and still in service today, the K-STER solution equips several navies worldwide and has been recently chosen by the Belgian Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy as part of the modernization program of their MCM Capabilities to be delivered within the next 3 years. In total, ECA Group MIDS ROV solutions equip 20 navies across the world.

In spring 2019, as part of the Open spirit exercise held in Lithuania, ECA GROUP’s K-STER systems were deployed. Alongside traditional means of mine neutralization, Lithuania and NATO mine countermeasure ships participating in the exercise were equipped with this ECA GROUP solution, which have once again successfully demonstrated its efficiency and reliability to complete mine neutralization operations.

K-STER is a expendable mine disposal system developed by ECA GROUP in 2008. Inheriting from the successful PAP solution and benefitting from the latest technologies and R&D development, this Remotely Operated Vehicle is dedicated to underwater mine countermeasures. This sea proven solution allows to neutralize mine while keeping crew safe. Operators can run the drone from a command and control unit located outside of the minefield, whether onboard a ship or from the land – in this case, the K-STER can be automatically deployed from an USV platform.

Designed with “tiltable” shape charge, the K-STER can neutralize all kinds of mines from sea bottom mines, floating mines, historical mines to the smartest mines. Its unique propulsion architecture allows to stand strong water currents and approach the mine to its closest. Safety characteristics includes insensitive ammunition & multi-pole safety interlocks until the final firing.

ECA Group’s K-STER solution is compliant to NATO standards thanks to the integration of the most advanced technologies in term of reduced acoustic and magnetic signatures.

The K-STER MIDS ROV can also be integrated in a collaborative system of drones UMISTM, and can thus be automatically be deployed by an USV. All operations can be planned, run and analyzed through a common interface software UMISOFTTM allowing the simultaneous use of several drones during all the phases of MCM operations, in a user-friendly way.

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