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Raytheon Receives $55M to Put New Mine Detection Sonar Into Production

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MH-60S w. AQS-20(click to view full) In a September 2005 article, DID referred in passing to several recent advances in US mine detection technologies, including a new AQS-20A mine detecting sonar array, and airborne laser systems mounted to MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopters. All of this is in the service of the USA’s new naval emphasis on littoral warfare and accompanying doctrinal changes. So, what’s the AN/AQS-20? And how is it also related to a new US ship class, not to mention a new undersea robot? LCS trimaran & MH-60S(click to view full) The AN/AQS-20A is towed undersea to scan the water in front and to the sides of the vehicle as well as the sea bottom. The system uses sonar and electro-optical sensors to provide high-resolution images of mine-like objects and high-precision location information, and can operate in shallow or deep waters. This task is especially important in littoral and shallow-water zones, including critical global trade chokepoints like the Straits of Malacca, the Persian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and Panama Canal regions, et. al. The U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Littoral and Mine Warfare is acquiring the AN/AQS-20A mine detecting sonar as a component of […]

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