Raytheon’s AN/AQS-20 Mine Detection Sonar (AMCM)

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MH-60S w. AQS-20(click to view full) Advances made in American mine detection technologies during the mid 2000s included the AQS-20A mine detecting sonar array and airborne laser systems mounted to MH-60S 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? * The AN/AQS-20, AMCM, and Future Fleet Capabilities * AQS-20 Contracts & Key Events [different article] The AN/AQS-20, AMCM, and Future Fleet Capabilities LCS trimaran & MH-60S(click to view full) The AN/AQS-20A 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. The system is towed under water to scan the water in front and to the sides of the vehicle, as well as the sea bottom. 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, etc. The AN/AQS-20’s modular design is being produced under spiral […]

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