ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, the manufacturer from which Israel and Egypt purchase submarines, is developing an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), according to a report by the Janes website. A prototype of the Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM, project is expected to be introduced in 2024.
The MUM is a modular UUV being developed for various applications such as deep-sea exploration, scientific research, and maritime security. Its modular design supports the integration of third-party modules and other customizations to address a range of mission requirements.
Both the base and mission modules are enclosed by a hydrodynamic casing and designed as three or six meter standard containers that facilitate transportation and assembly. The base modules include the trim, control and hovering system, the fuel cell and propulsion system, as well as the communication and control system, the report said.
The UUV is equipped with an air-independent fuel cell propulsion (AIP) system powered by hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. According to TKMS, the AIP system enables the vehicle to perform long-endurance missions at depths of up to 5,000 meters.
In conclusion, if ThyssenKrupp is developing such vehicles, it can be assumed that Egypt will possess them in the coming years. Does the Israeli Navy have the capability to detect them? It's an open question.