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The European Commission selected a Naval Group Belgium-led consortium for the Mine Risk Clearance for Europe (MIRICLE) project.
Within the  European Defence Industrial Development Programme framework and in line with PESCO’s project Maritime (semi-)Autonomous Mine Counter Measures (MAS MCM).

Naval Group Belgium is a 100% subsidiary of Naval Group, will lead MIRICLE project for a period of 24 months. The 19 top European partners working together in the consortium will strengthen European capabilities in mine counter-measures (MCM) for harsh environment and evolving threats. This project will allow to reach a European and sovereign capacity in the future mine warfare.

MIRICLE project objectives MIRICLE project will pave the way of the next generation of countermeasure solutions “made in Europe”, hence improving capacities to fight against maritime mines. These technologies will more specifically enable European navies to benefit from the highest and most inter-operable MCM capabilities, in accordance with NATO recommendations. These innovations will complement the main components of mine warfare, made up of MCM vessel, unmanned vehicles and robots (“Toolbox”), the mission system, the communication network and artificial Intelligence-powered decision making.
More specifically, MIRICLE project has three objectives:
• Provide a comprehensive and forward-looking definition and assessment of the MCM technologies.
• Establish the technological development roadmap for next generation of counter-measure solutions, which corresponds to Member States’ procurement plans. MIRICLE is supported by eight countries who have signed a common Letter of Intent under the coordination of Belgian Defence.
• Develop the inter-operability of these assets.

The 24-month project will cover study, design, prototyping and test activities, all dedicated to strengthening R&D cooperation and technical excellence in mine counter-measures (MCM) of European countries.

It will contribute to future European Defence Fund developments, addressing main MCM challenges and enable the European naval community to pursue the development of a unique mine action capability. The 19 partners will benefit in the future of a strategic autonomy in the mine warfare domain.

Naval Group Belgium will bring together the programmatic and operational contribution of academic, industry and research partners. The consortium includes both world leaders in the naval and/or robotics fields and small players pushing innovations. Members originate from 10 European Union member states. The following participants will support Naval Group and its Belgian subsidiary:
– ECA ROBOTICS (Belgium)
– THALES DMS(France)
– CAFA TECH (Estonia)
TNO (The Netherlands)
– FORCEAPP BV (The Netherlands)
– ELWAVE SAS (France)
– Sociedad Anónima de Electrónica, Submarina S.M.E, SAES (Spain)
– Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, VLIZ (Belgium)
– Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, ONERA (France)
– DotOcean N.V. (Belgium)
– Ośrodek Badawczo -Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej S.A. , CTM (Poland)
Belss Ltd (Latvia)
– Agenţia de Cercetare pentru Tehnică şi Tehnologii Militare -Military Equipment and
Technologies Research Agency, METRA (Romania).

Together, they will enhance MCM toolboxes to bring them to a higher degree of maturity by developing minefield instrumentation to enhance navigation and communication to optimise mine detection, identification and neutralisation.

The vessels will also benefit from innovations through the development of semi-autonomous MCM vessels, the improvement of interoperability and standardisation through the development of a scalable intelligent multi-UxV mission management system, and an evolutive UxV Launch and Recovery System (LARS) on board.