Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Northrop Grumman trials next-gen mine hunting, deploy and retrieval payload

The AQS-24B minehunter being deployed from the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV) (Source: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed initial in-water testing of the AQS-24 mine hunting sonar and next-generation Deploy and Retrieval (D&R) payload, operated from the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV).

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed initial in-water testing of the AQS-24 mine hunting sonar and next-generation Deploy and Retrieval (D&R) payload, operated from the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV).

The AQS-24 D&R demonstrated the unmanned operations needed to perform a mine hunting mission off the MCM Mission Package aboard the littoral combat ship (LCS).

Advertisement
Advertisement

The MCM USV tests are ahead of planned user-operated evaluation system testing of the AQS-24 on LCSs. The company has multiple versions of the AQS-24 to provide mine hunting capabilities for navies.

Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman, said, "Achieving this important milestone demonstrated reliable unmanned mine hunting operations, while using operationally representative hardware from the LCS MCM Mission Module."

The AQS-24B is a deployed system which uses side-scan sonar for real-time detection, localisation and classification of bottom and moored mines in addition to a laser line scanner for precise optical identification.

Integration of the AQS-24 sonar with USVs allows for the real-time transmission of all AQS-24 data to a remote sonar operator, who can then commence real-time mission analysis (RTMA) of all recorded mission data.

"This allows the program to begin preparation for further at-sea testing of the system for extended duration missions in rigorous conditions," Lytle added. 

PROMOTED CONTENT

RTMA significantly reduces MCM detect to engage timelines, as well as the real-time re-acquisition and identification of bottom mines following traditional mine hunting sorties.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide.

Northrop Grumman trials next-gen mine hunting, deploy and retrieval payload
AQS-24_Mine_Hunter_Northrop_Grumman.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Sep 16 2021
Defence releases RFP for air defence system
Industry stakeholders have been invited to submit proposals for the ADF’s future medium-range air defence capability. ...
New Zealand to uphold ban on nuclear vessels
Sep 16 2021
New Zealand to uphold ban on nuclear vessels despite Australia’s submarine program
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern told reporters that the country intends to uphold its ban on nuclear powered vessels within its terr...
Sep 16 2021
New subs decision sparks backlash
The Commonwealth government’s new multinational nuclear submarines deal has caught the ire of political and industry stakeholder...