Belgium Naval & Robotics joins forces with Flanders Ship Repair for the future replacement programme for Dutch Belgian mine hunters

Belgium Belgium Naval & Robotics has launched an industrial offer anchored in Belgium to respond to a call for tenders issued by the Belgian and Dutch navies for the supply of twelve mine hunters.

Belgium Naval & Robotics offers the Belgian Navy a solution whose prime contractor is in Brussels and involves many local players spread throughout the country. « This partnership with FSR illustrates our strong relationship with the Belgian Defence Technological and Industrial Base and our desire to build a long-term relationship with the Belgian and Dutch Navies. » explains Jean-Michel Orozco, Senior Vice-President Mission Systems, Drone & Cyber Security at Naval Group.

Flanders Ship Repair (FSR) shipyards will be responsible for the manufacture of many mechanical parts and sub-assemblies, as well as the maintenance of mine hunting vessels (MCMs). « When Naval Group and ECA Group presented me with their industrial project to replace mine hunters, I obviously accepted because I found the approach innovative and very pragmatic, but above all ‘Belgium oriented’. », explains Johnny Hofman, CEO of FSR.

Through the Belgium Naval & Robotics brand, Naval Group and ECA Group are printing the identity of their innovative, sea proven, and resilient robotic mine warfare solution which is fully integrated into a drone carrier naval ship. « Moreover, this brand reflects our solution, whose industrial seeds will be planted in Belgium and which will generate numerous opportunities for Belgian industry in the field of mine warfare. » adds Guénaël Guillerme, CEO of ECA Group.

This strong involvement of the Defence Industrial and Technological Base (DITB), spread throughout Belgium, in the Belgium Naval & Robotics project will make it possible to consolidate national technical and operational excellence in the field of robotised mine warfare.


About Flanders Ship Repair

Flanders Ship Repair is a ship repair and supply company based in the port of Zeebrugge- Belgium nearby the Naval Base. Flexible, Skilled and fast Reacting class approved services for sea going vessels. FSR has been specialized in ship repairs and industrial maintenance for years. Flanders Ship Repair is based in the center of the port of Zeebruges and very close to all commercial terminal operators.

This port has a lot of benefits and possibilities for maintenance on the MCM vessels. Quick port access, flexibility and low traffic are important items to avoid losing time.

All works are carried out in its certified workshop of 1,800m2. All departments are separated and well equipped with hoisting gear and machinery operated by a certified and skilled workforce. Its workshop is Germanischer Lloyd and Bureau Veritas certified.