ECA, Vestdavit to Jointly Develop LARS for Unmanned Systems

October 20, 2016 - via Marine Technology Reporter

On the occasion of Euronaval, ECA and Vestdavit have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems (LAR) for unmanned maritime systems (UMS).


The use of UMS, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as well as unmanned surface vehicles (USV) by navies but also by oil and gas, scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and handled onboard taking into account, launch and recovery of course, but also their support, such as battery charging, maintenance, repair and more.


ECA and Vestdavit have therefore decided to combine their expertise and capabilities to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems for UMS.


As part of this agreement ECA will bring its 50 years of experience in developing and providing more than 2,000 unmanned underwater and surface vehicles worldwide as well as its knowledge in operating them and in particular its technology and patents regarding the launch and recovery of AUVs.


On its side, Vestdavit will bring its 40 years of experience and more than 1,900 davits and side and stern launch systems provided worldwide for all types of customers as well as its mission bay concept.


According to the partners, the solution that will be provided under this agreement will incorporate the latest technologies and innovation developed by both companies, enabling ECA to propose the best launch and recovery solution for its UMS customers allowing them to operate their systems safely even in the most demanding environments.



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Author:Eric Haun

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