Raytheon Technologies has partnered with software solutions provider SeeByte to integrate its AN/AQS-20C advanced mine-hunting sonar system data into the latter’s SeeTrack v4 system.
This effort will benefit naval customers in making informed decisions during mine-sweeping operations.
According to SeeByte, the AN/AQS-20C’s automated target recognition (ATR) and identification level contacts can now be viewed in SeeTrack system in ‘near-real time’.
SeeTrack v4 is a multi-domain command and control (C2) system.
SeeByte business development manager Robert Johnson said: “The AN/AQS-20C provides safety and efficiency in expansive mine-sweeping operations.
“Combining this with SeeTrack will allow naval customers to make informed decisions from the ATR data, improving mission tempo even further.”
Post-mission analysis tools of SeeTrack provide an intuitive user interface (UI) and streamlined workflow for flexible use in operational scenarios.
SeeTrack’s open architectural design enables it to be integrated with different types of sonars and sensors for certain operational needs.
The AN/AQS-20C sonar system, which is a critical technology for the in-stride mine countermeasure mission, has been designated as the mine-hunting sonar for the US Navy.
This advanced mine-hunting sonar system completed developmental testing in February 2019.
The fully qualified system can be effectively operated from the navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
Earlier last year, the US Navy took delivery of tenth AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar system from Raytheon.
Following this delivery, the sonar was transferred to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division.