Interview with Morten Nakjem

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Morten Nakjem , Research Manager MCM

FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)


You will be speaking at UDT 2017 on the topic of "Future Norwegian unmanned Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) concept/ USV and AUV co-operation for autonomous military operations" .  Can you give us a brief insight into the areas you will be covering?

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has almost completed the conceptual phase for a planned replacement of the current Norwegian maritime mine counter measures (MMCM) capability. The new long term plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces states that the future MMCM capability will be based on use of unmanned systems and the conceptual phase will recommend that the preferred future MMCM solution should consist of unmanned systems operating from a manned ship located outside the mined area. The use of unmanned systems will reduce the personnel risk and increase the effectiveness and flexibility compared to traditional MMCM with minesweepers and minehunters operating inside the mined area. The Norwegian coast line has challenging environmental conditions and large areas are considered unhuntable even for modern Synthetic Aperture Sonars (SAS). To provide an efficient MMCM capability for the entire Norwegian coastline the future concept will include both mine hunting- and mine sweeping capabilities. The mine hunting operations will be executed by Autonomous Undervater Vehicles (AUV), one shot mine disposal weapons and mine divers while Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) with light weight influence sweep sources will be used for sweep operations. 
This presentation will give an overview of the future Norwegian unmanned MMCM concept with focus on the different unmanned systems, national experiences with unmanned systems, technology development and how the unmanned systems will be operated in order to provide a complete, efficient and reliable MMCM capability.    

What can delegates expect to take away from your session?
MMCM is an essential part of naval warfare and several nations including Norway plan to replace their current MCM capability within the next 10-15 years. Most of these nations focus on the use of unmanned systems such as USVs and AUVs. This session will give the delegates a background for understanding the need for both mine sweeping and mine hunting in order to have an effective and reliable MMCM capability against all possible mine threats in a challenging maritime environment. The session will also give insight into the Norwegians Navy experience with use of unmanned systems, but the most important take away from this session will however be the knowledge on how a Norwegian MMCM concept based on unmanned systems can provide the capability and effectiveness needed to counter the future mine threat.


Day 1: 30-May-2017 - Time: 14:20-14:40

Future Norwegian unmanned Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) concept/ USV and AUV co-operation for autonomous military operations


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