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ECA GROUP equips Lituanian Navy with efficient ROV solution for sea mines clearance


ECA GROUP will provide the Lithuanian Navy with its K-STER mine disposal vehicles to be used for mine countermeasures at sea. More than 20 navies worldwide trust ECA Group MIDS ROV solutions.


ECA GROUP equips Lituanian Navy with efficient ROV solution for sea mines clearance 925 001 ECA Group MIDS ROV solutions (Picture source: ECA Group)


K-STER mine neutralisation capabilities already demonstrated in the Baltic Sea:

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 neutralisation, 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 neutralisation operations.


ECA GROUP equips Lituanian Navy with efficient ROV solution for sea mines clearance 925 002 ECA Group MIDS ROV solutions (Picture source: ECA Group)


Neutralise a sea mine from a safe stand-off spot:

K-STER is an 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 neutralise mine while keeping the 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 a USV platform.

Designed with tiltable shape charge, the K-STER can neutralise 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.


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Easily integrated into a system of drones: UMISTM

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 analysed 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.