The Drifting Mines Detection project is being performed as an initiative of the European Defense Agency, part of the European Union. It is for 30 months and is worth about $6.2 million.
The EDA said the project's purpose is to assess the possibility of detecting drifting mines from different sensors and different platforms using existing radars and electro-optic sensors.
"At a first stage the project will develop and test an experimental demonstrator for mine detection at sea on a naval ship," EDA said in a news release. "An initial investigation of constraints for the application of the demonstrator on an unmanned surface vehicle will also be performed.
"Depending on the results, such integration on a USV will take place at a second stage."
Thales Air Systems has teamed with Belgium's Royal Military Academy for the project, which was contracted by the EDA on behalf of member states France and Belgium.