BAE has been awarded a contract to deliver an upgraded minehunting sonar system to the US Navy.

Under the $14m contract, BAE will provide four upgraded AN/SQQ-32(V)4 sonar sets to replace the existing SQQ-32(V)3 system employed aboard the MCM-1 Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships.

The high-frequency, wide-band upgrade will improve the detection performance in the littoral environment and against stealth mines.

The initial base contract offers two options for an additional ten systems and one battlespare along with engineering services, which will increase the value of the contract to a of total $42m.

The AN/SQQ-32(V)4 system was been designed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City and the Applied Research Laboratory of the University of Texas.