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Exail and SfS to export advanced MCM capabilities

French company Exail, formerly ECA Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sydney based Solutions from Silicon to provide advanced data management capabilities for both manned and unmanned Mine Countermeasures (MCM) missions in Australia and overseas. This will enable crews to prepare, conduct and manage their more MCM operations more efficiently.

Solutions from Silicon (SfS) develops MINTACS, the Mine Warfare Tactical Command Software, for the Roya; Australian Navy (RAN). This is designed to increase the effectiveness of the capabilities of a naval Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving (MCD) Force by increasing the scope of mine warfare intervention areas and manages previous campaign history.

Under this MoU, Exail teams will integrate and interface SfS’s MINTACS software with Exail’s MCM solutions. Modules of the MINTACS software will also be integrated with Exail’s UMISOFTTM Mission Management System (MMS). The combination of the two softwares will allow crews to compare data between missions, detect changes between surveys and prepare future MCM missions.

MINTACS is currently in service with export customers around the world including the UK, Sweden, New Zealand and Thailand. Exail recently integrated MINTACS with UMISOFTTM as part of the MCM vessel modernisation programme for the Latvian Navy.

“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with Exail on the integration of our MINTACS software with their solutions, which will give navies an advanced solution and extended capabilities to manage and conduct their mine countermeasures missions,” Russell Norman, Technical Director, Solutions from Silicon Pty Ltd.

“The integration of MINTACS in our solution for the Latvian Navy was a first step towards a long-term collaboration with SfS,” he added. “Teaming with SfS enables Exail to integrate MINTACS, a worldwide recognised Mine Warfare Data Center (MWDC), into Exail’s UMISTM (Unmanned MCM Integrated Solution),” says Daniel Scourzic, VP for Strategic Programmes, Exail.

“In addition to MINTACS, Exail will also integrate SfS-developed modules into UMISOFTTM MMS, increasing its interoperability with other MWDCs and third-party systems by offering military, hydrographic and environmental interfaces.”

SfS and Exail are considering further joint R&D activities in Australia. Exail recently signed an MoU with Mission Systems Pty Limited, and announced a major partnership with Australian engineering giant UGL in September this year, as well as with Acacia Systems and Total Marine Technology. Exail aims to establish a sovereign capability locally to meet and support Australian defence requirements on a long-term basis, one being the SEA 1905 program for the Royal Australian Navy.

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