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ECA Group and iXblue become Exail, sign MoU with Mission Systems Pty Limited

Following the acquisition of iXblue by Group Gorgé, ECA Group and iXblue have announced a new joint brand: Exail.

And the new company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian SME Mission Systems Pty Ltd that’s focussed in part on the Mine Counter-Measures (MCM) aspects of Project SEA 1905.

The collaboration with R&D focussed Mission Systems Pty Limited will mainly centre around sonar simulation and machine learning. It will enable Exail to fit its maritime drones with advanced technology, providing navies with the next generation of autonomous solutions. Exail teams have already started to integrate Mission Systems technology in its drone mission management software UMISOFT in its DM (Data Management) module.

Future areas of collaboration could extend outside of MCM, to other military applications such as Military Survey and Seabed Warfare as well as maritime civil applications.

“The Mission Systems team are very excited to be working with Exail. We look forward to bringing our unique real-time mission simulation and accelerated machine learning technologies to support the development of Exail’s naval drones and we are especially excited about the prospect of supplying advanced technologies to the Australian Navy and allied navies around the world,” said David Battle, Co-director of Mission Systems Pty Ltd.

“We are delighted to be integrating Mission Systems technology in our drone management systems. Their solutions for advanced simulation and for machine learning will enable us to offer our customers improved performance and faster mission times, while reducing operator workload,” according to Sébastien Tauvry, Marine Data Processing Product Manager of Exail.

Mission Systems is one of a number of Australian partners that Exail is collaborating with and supporting. Others include universities, research organisations and local industries. Exail has recently established technological partnerships with Australian companies UGL, Acacia Systems, Solutions from Silicon (SfS) and Total Marine Technology (TMT).

With this alliance, Exail becomes a global high-tech industrial champion specialising in cutting-edge robotics, maritime, navigation, aerospace and photonics technologies. Combining complementary technological expertise and geographical footprint with a strong legacy of innovation, Exail provides its global base of customers with cutting-edge in-house manufactured technologies ranging from components and sensors to products and complex systems.

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