BAE Systems awarded mine counter measures contract

BAE Systems Underwater Systems has secured a contract worth approximately £1.2 million with the UK MoD to supply the Royal Navy with 11 Versatile Exercise Mine Systems (VEMS).

VEMS is a training and assessment tool for mine counter measures and is designed to simulate the fire-control mechanisms of underwater mines that are known or perceived as a threat.

The MoD’s order is for MkII and Type S VEMS products. VEM MkII is designed to tackle deep-water scenarios and simulate mines that target capital ships. The VEM Type S is representative in size, shape and target strength of modern low profile ground mines, normally found in shallower water and used as an anti-invasion device.

The VEMS final outfit will take place at Underwater Systems’ operations in Waterlooville, Hampshire UK and will secure 10 jobs until April 2004 when the order will be delivered.

‘The Royal Navy operates one of the best Mine Counter Measure (MCM) forces of any Navy in the world,’ said Andy Williams Managing Director of Underwater Systems. ‘This equipment will enable them to practice against realistic, modern targets, which is a key element in maintaining those skills.’

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