Meet RNMB Hussar

The MHC Sweep Capability demonstrator and her three coil boats seen on 2 May during trials in Portland harbor. Source: MOD

The Royal Navy’s first unmanned minesweeping system, an 11m prototype unmanned surface vessel that has been dubbed RNMB Hussar, has been accepted.

The MHC Sweep demonstrator combines the 10-ton ARCIMS USV with a power generation module, with towed magnetic, acoustic, and electrical influences, including up to three coil auxiliary boats

As noted by Defence Minister Guto Bebb:

“This autonomous minesweeper takes us a step closer to taking our crews out of danger and allowing us to safely clear sea lanes of explosives, whether that’s supporting trade in global waters and around the British coastline, or protecting our ships and shores. Easily transported by road, sea, and air, the high-tech design means a small team could put the system to use within hours of it arriving in theatre. We are investing millions in innovative technology now, to support our military of the future.”

In development since 2014, ArcIMS says their craft, in addition to mine hunting/sweeping, can perform maritime surveillance, force protection, diver support and ASW roles as well.

Which could be very interesting.

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