Atlas North America awarded Portable SeaFox anti-mine system contract


Under contract to Naval Surface Weapons Center (NSWC) Indian Head, Atlas North America (Atlas NA) will deliver the Atlas Portable SeaFox Mine Neutralization Systems (PMNS) to address an urgent operational need from US Navy Central Command for a more effective mine countermeasures system.

Under this contract, Atlas NA is responsible for the delivery of the SeaFox system, installation, integration, testing, training and life cycle support of these portable systems. All deliveries are expected to be complete within one calendar year.

Sergio Diehl, president of Atlas North America, stated: “We are extremely pleased to once again have been selected to provide the SeaFox Mine Neutralization System to the US Navy and sailors operating in forward deployed areas, enabling them to more effectively and safely counter the mine warfare threat. It is an honour to provide undersea warfare systems for use by the US Navy.”

These systems, once installed, will augment the previous systems the US Navy (USN) acquired. These contracts include the Surface Mine Neutralization System (SMNS) presently being deployed as part of the ongoing MCM Ship Class upgrade, and the Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) installed onboard the MH-53 helicopters.

This fibre-optic guided, one-shot mine disposal vehicle SeaFox is used for semi-autonomous disposal of naval mines and other ordnance found at sea. It is able to automatically relocate previously acquired positions of underwater objects within minutes, with the integrated homing sonar. After relocating, these objects can be identified using the onboard CCTV camera and destroyed by the use of a built-in, large calibre-shaped charge. It is deployable from a wide range of carrier platforms, including dedicated mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels, surface combatants, craft of opportunity, rubber boats and helicopters.


Atlas North America

Atlas NA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Elektronik of Bremen, Germany and serves the US market with a specific focus on undersea warfare and unmanned vehicles. Atlas NA is strategically located close to the US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet bases and Washington, DC, and is capable of providing any of the Atlas Group products as well as a broad range of associated technical and logistics support services for the entire product life cycle.

Atlas Elektronik

The Atlas Elektronik Group stands for maritime and naval solutions above and below the ocean surface. The company holds a leading position in all fields of maritime high technology, from command and control systems, including radio and communication systems for submarines, surface combatants and mine warfare systems, ranging to heavyweight torpedoes, coastal surveillance systems and in-service support. ATLAS has established a worldwide customer portfolio. The electronics specialist is a joint company of ThyssenKrupp and EADS, and has a workforce of over 1 900 highly skilled employees.

For further information, please contact:

Atlas Elektronik

Dr Jens Krüger

Executive Director of Political Affairs and Corporate Communications

Sebaldsbrücker Heerstrasse 235

28309 Bremen / Germany

Tel: +49-(0)421-457 3932

Fax: +49-(0)421-457 3737

E-mail: [email protected]

Atlas North America

Sergio Diehl

Mobile: +1.757.635.1846

208 Golden Oak Ct.

Suite 415

Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452