September 6, 2016 - Small and medium enterprise ASV Global are working with defence to deliver innovation for the Marmite Mine Countermeasure and Hydrographic Capability Program.
ASV Global is a small business based in Portchester, Hampshire with 60 employees specializing in the design and build of unmanned and autonomous marine systems.
ASV Global is responsible for the Unmanned Surface Vessel including Retractable Sonar within the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) demonstrator project.
The MMCM project is a collaborative procurement between the UK and France, managed by European organization Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement (OCCAR), a European intergovernmental organization that manages collaborative armament programs between the nations of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. The OCCAR community consists of 13 states in total, as Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg (represented by Belgium in the A400M Program), The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Turkey are also participating on equal terms in one or more OCCAR programs (as “Participating States”) without being OCCAR member states.
This project will deliver an Unmanned Mine Countermeasure Demonstrator to both nations, meaning we can de-risk unmanned maritime systems for exploitation by the Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) program.
Vince Dobbin, Sales and Marketing Director, ASV Global, said, "Working with MOD gives ASV Global the opportunity to exploit its innovative technology on an international basis. The program has given ASV Global exposure to working with large multinational organizations and has enabled us to grow our business by employing more local talent to work on this project."