Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to provide Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) solutions the Republic of Korea’s Korean Mine Countermeasures Helicopter (KMCH) program.
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Northrop Grumman will provide technical support for the engineering, manufacturing, and design (EMD) phase of the Republic of Korea’s Korean Mine Countermeasures Helicopter (KMCH) program, scheduled to be completed in 2027.
ALMDS is capable of untethered day or night operations, which allows it to attain high area search rates.
Janice Zilch, vice-president, multi-domain command and control (MDC2) programs, Northrop Grumman, welcomed the announcement, saying, “Our strategic partnership with KAI to bring ALMDS technology to the KMCH program builds on our decades of commitment to deliver advanced solutions that support the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense.”
ALMDS also provides accurate target geolocation to support follow-on neutralisation of the detected mines.
Han Chang-heon , executive vice-president, rotary wing division, Korea Aerospace Industries, added, “The mission of ALMDS is to detect, classify, and localise floating and near-surface moored mines rapidly. KAI is convinced that the ALMDS integration will make a significant improvement to the Republic of Korea’s Navy mine detection capabilities. The program will also enhance our strategic partnership with Northrop Grumman in the defence domain.”
The Korean Mine Countermeasures Helicopter program will be configured to be fully capable of naval mine countermeasure missions. Additionally, the MCH will offer a broader scope of secondary missions allowing to add a wide array of naval combat support tasks to the current and future assets of the customer.
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