US Navy Tests Raytheon Minehunting Sonar

16 August 2011 (Last Updated August 16th, 2011 18:30)

The US Navy has successfully completed the launch and recovery of the remote multimission vehicle (RMMV) carrying the Raytheon-developed AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar. The testing marks the first demonstration of the unmanned, remotely operated vehicle deployed from the USS Independence

The US Navy has successfully completed the launch and recovery of the remote multimission vehicle (RMMV) carrying the Raytheon-developed AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar.

The testing marks the first demonstration of the unmanned, remotely operated vehicle deployed from the USS Independence (LCS 2).

AN/AQS-20A is a mine warfare sensor and is used to scan the water in front and to the sides of the vehicle, and below for anti-shipping mines.

The solution, which can be deployed from multiple search platforms, uses sonar and electro-optical sensors to provide high-resolution images of mines.

US Navy programme manager for unmanned maritime vehicles (PMS 403), Steve Lose, said, "This exercise has proven the capabilities of both the RMMV and AQS-20A, testing both stability and performance in an operational environment."

"The advancements of the AN/AQS-20A bring our minehunting capabilities to the next level; and with the adaptability of the system for helicopter and RMMV deployment, we extend our ability to effectively and efficiently ensure the safety of the fleet," he added.