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UMEX 2024: Atlas Elektronik showcases ARCIMS USV during live demonstration.

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The UMEX (Unmanned Systems Exhibition) and SimTEX (Simulation and Training Exhibition) 2024, held in Abu Dhabi, was a significant event in the field of unmanned systems, attracting a substantial number of attendees and exhibitors from various countries. The ARCIMS (ATLAS Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping System), developed by Atlas Elektronik UK, was among the innovative systems showcased at the event.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 ARCIMS USV during the live demonstration of Maritime Unmanned Systems at UMEX 2024. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The ARCIMS (ATLAS Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping System) is an advanced unmanned surface vessel (USV) developed by Atlas Elektronik UK, a joint venture between ThyssenKrupp and Airbus DS. This multi-role USV is particularly designed for minesweeping operations.

The ARCIMS is built upon an 11-meter long platform and is notable for its versatility and high-speed capabilities, with a reported ability to cruise at speeds up to 40 knots. This mobility allows for rapid deployment by land, sea, or air, making it highly adaptable to various operational contexts.

The unmanned vessel is constructed with a glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) tunnel hull, designed by ICE Marine, which contributes to its maneuverability and effective towing capability during missions.

One of the key features of the ARCIMS is its autonomous operational ability. It can perform mission planning, execution, and analysis independently, with remote command and control by an operator. This degree of automation not only reduces the workload for operators but also enhances safety by minimizing human exposure to minefields.

The ARCIMS has seen adoption by several naval forces, including the UK and German navies. The UK Ministry of Defence selected the ARCIMS for the Royal Navy's Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) Sweep Capability project in March 2015.

Additionally, the German Naval Technical Centre procured the ARCIMS, highlighting its growing importance in modern naval warfare. The system's ability to be operated independently or integrated with other mine warfare systems makes it a flexible solution for a range of naval applications.

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