The British company BMT launched a new concept design for a mine countermeasure (MCM) called VENARI-85. This concept would be capable of clearing out mines faster, over a greater area and with less risk to the crew.
“VENARI-85 represents a huge step change in the way MCM ship design is approached and developed,” said BMT Head of Business Development Stephen Braham. “Designing platforms with roles and future technology developments in mind seems the logical step but not one that’s often taken. Before attempting to design such a platform, we invested significant time and effort in operational analysis to better understand how the vessel will be deployed now and in the future, to comprehend the missions and the equipment needed to conduct them. Such an approach not only avoids compromise and repurposing costs in later years, it also maximises the ability to conduct effective MCM throughout life.”
BMT is calling the VENARI-85 design the next generation of warfare and hydrographic technology, able to operate a large number of air, surface and sub-surface unmanned vehicles. The company combined its experience with the expertise of fellow British defence company, Qineti, in designing this platform.
“There are multiple nations currently considering their future mine warfare capability and with ongoing pressures on cost efficiencies, value for money while being able to safely perform the unique role of MCM is key. Unmanned MCM technology is developing at a fast pace and vessels procured now should be designed with future evolution in mind,” said Braham.
Alongside the primary MCM role, VENARI-85 will have a wider utility to a navy in roles such as maritime security boarding, economic zone protection and contribution to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.