The Kazakhstan Navy commissioned its first mine sweeping ship ‘Alatau’ during a ceremony held…

via John Currin (JC ‘s Naval and Military) – Google+ Public Posts

The Kazakhstan Navy commissioned its first mine sweeping ship ‘Alatau’ during a ceremony held June 1 in Aktau, a city on the east bank of the Caspian Sea.

The ship was built in Russia by the Mid-Nevsky Shipyard and started sea trials in August 2016, passing acceptance trials in May this year.

One interesting feature of the ship, as the shipbuilder stated, is the fact that it can serve both as a mine sweeper and a mine hunter thanks to an unmanned mine counter measure integrated system delivered by French company ECA Group.

The system is composed of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) A9, identification and mine disposal vehicles (EMDS) K-STER and a single multifunction console integrating the mission management software suite.

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