Sea Mine Countermeasures: Exploring Neutralisation Options: Proceedings of a workshop on innovative solutions for sea mine disposal. Djapic, V., Editor. NURC-CP-2009-002. April 2009.
NURC hosted a workshop on innovative solutions for sea mine disposal "Sea Mine Countermeasures: Exploring Neutralisation Options", 14-15 April 2009. Twenty-seven people representing ten different NATO nations from the operational (military), academic, government labs, and industry communities attended the workshop. The challenges and problems in mine neutralisation caused by sea currents, surge, and other environmental factors were covered in several presentations. Since different situations require different options, participants concluded that there is a need for a toolbox of modular autonomous systems. New candidate technologies for effective remote delivery of mine neutralisation weapons were reviewed, including non-traditional (non-explosive) approaches. The focus was on lowering costs without sacrificing key performance, especially in countering modern sea mines. Remote mine neutralization options may also be utilised in areas where conventional mine disposal systems are ineffective due to constraints of water depth or manoeuvering room. The workshop also identified partners for collaborative research and the establishment of a joint research project (JRP) on this topic. The presentations made to the workshop and the summary are compiled in these proceedings.