Mitcham Industries’ unit Klein Marine Systems has delivered the first micro-MA-X (µMA-X System) to support the US Navy’s next generation small-class unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) evaluation.

The evaluation was sponsored by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).

The newly developed µMA-X System is the first in a series of new imaging products.

Designed for commercial and military unmanned vehicle markets, it has a reduced size and lesser power requirements. It is an ideal payload for the rapidly growing UUV market.

Mitcham Industries Co-CEO Guy Malden said: “The µMA-X System is the result of a fast-tracked, internally funded development, and we are very excited to have the US Navy evaluate its effectiveness for the Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle programme.

“We consider the US Navy to be an excellent reference customer and our team has worked hard to meet their expectations.”

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MA-X technology is a cost-effective nadir imaging solution. The µMA-X System fills the gap created by traditional side scan sonar imaging under the path of the vehicle.

The system pairs with conventional side scan, eliminating any additional time required for overlapping survey lines to achieve 100% coverage.

This directly translates into extended mission duration or improved system efficiency with shorter time to cover the same area.

One of the key features of µMA-X is the capability to produce high-quality imagery of the nadir area compared to traditional side scan images.

The high-quality images produced by the system can be directly fed into existing automatic target recognition (ATR) software.

This permits the automated detection and recognition of targets.