In a groundbreaking development in naval technology, Rheinmetall Defence Australia, in collaboration with Adelaide-based Supashock, unveiled the Mine Rail Deployment System (MRDS) at the Indo-Pacific International Maritime Expo 2023.

Touted as the world’s first naval mine rail deployment system, Rheinmetall’s MRDS is set to transform sea mine deployment for international navies, offering a platform-agnostic and highly automated solution.

First Naval MRDS: Concept and Features

The MRDS is a seaborne platform-agnostic smart sea mine delivery system designed to streamline the storage and laying of sea mines.

A key innovation is the inclusion of a rack directly attached to the deploying vessel, eliminating the need for an appliance basket in the sea. This distinctive feature not only simplifies the deployment process but also enhances operational efficiency.