Influence sea mines detect different signatures and the prime trigging parameter is normally the magnetic signature. Modern mines may also use Underwater Electric Potential (UEP) / ELFE fields as a trigger. An active method to remove the influence mine threat is to sweep safe routes. Influence minesweeping replicates ships-like signatures of the magnetic and electric influences that will trigger the modern sea mine.
RSwN MCM Vessel type Styrsö with the MSS2000© system
Specialized MCM vessels, or remote controlled vessels, performing minesweeping are low signature vessels equipped with a mine sweep power supply system and a towed mine sweep load simulating the target signature vessel.
The Polyamp MSS2000© Mine sweep supply system has a modular design with several power modules which supply multiple sweep loads forming the active target signature. Sweep loads can be modular magnetic coils, acoustic generators, UEP sweep etc. The MSS2000 can also add an AC stray field to form a full ship-like signature with both DC and AC field.
Together with the Polyamp Sweep Profiler software package, real ship-like magnetic signatures can be simulated by the mine sweep. Generated sweep signatures are software controlled and therefore a new target signature can be selected at any moment. Swept route effect data can be transferred to the ships command and control system enabling swept route evaluation in real time.
The Polyamp Sweep Profiler software package showing simulated sweep output