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But there are people in it?


Atlas Elektronik is a German company, do we do a single thing for ourselves?


So despite the fact that this incredibly capable bit of kit is manufactured in Dorset and being developed with the RN, your primary concern is that it’s owned by one of our allies. It doesn’t make economic or military sense to ignore great offerings from allied countries just because they’re not British. This is how the world works mate


So Brexit, then?


The fact is we make hundreds of things by ourselves, so your reasoning doesnt make sense. Besides, collaborating with an ally gives us the best from both countries, so it benefits both countries – “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.


It looks like a stiff breeze could knock it over.

Mick Meras

Sorry, not read the article, first impressions. What gale force wind rating limits its operation?
Will an automated controlled lifeboat up the rating?


The level of sea state in which in can operate will determine if it is a viable platform. There is no getting around the need for minesweepers that can operate in high sea state.


Very good point; even today’s state of the art mine hunters can only operate in limited sea state conditions because of the nature of their construction and gear; not fit for high seas. So yes, these vehicles may seem limited by the sea state, but very probably the same or at least very similar to any other manned mine hunter. From where I sit, it’s a winner. Well done.


Money well spent. Too many navies underplay/ignore the mine threat. Good show.

Humpty Dumpty

This is a good bit of kit, but Arcims can also be equipped to detect subs, so we should use both the mine-detecting and sub-detecting versions of Arcims. Arcims deployed from Type 23 frigates (or Type 26 frigates in future) would enhance the sub-detecting capability of the frigates.