In cooperation with another French concern, Naval Group, ECA Group obtained a contract in 2019 to supply the Belgian and Dutch navies with 12 next-generation unmanned minesweepers (six for each country). Many companies from Belgium – and Flanders as a region – are involved in this contract as partners and suppliers. The local subsidiary of ECA Group – ECA Robotics Belgium – was established to facilitate these exchanges.
ECA Robotics Belgium will manufacture the next generation of naval drones, with the first expected in 2022. They will be used to detect mines that can then be neutralized by unmanned vessels. The drones will initially serve the Dutch and Belgian navies, but the idea is to ultimately export them worldwide from the Port of Ostend.