Northrop Grumman has three decades of in-fleet airborne mine countermeasure experience with 27 systems fielded. The company was the first to field electro-optic mine identification, and developed the first long-range synthetic aperture sonar for mine warfare, the first mine warfare unmanned surface vessel (jointly with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) and mine warfare unmanned underwater vehicles. The AQS-24B has significantly improved image resolution, as well as the speed of real-time sonar processing.
Advanced Capabilities/Performance Meeting the U.S. Navy's Current and Future Minehunting Challenges
- The only deployed and operationally proven, high-speed airborne mine hunting system in the world
- High-resolution, side scan sonar for real time detection, localization and classification of bottom and moored mines at high area coverage rates
- Laser line scanner provides precision optical identification of underwater mines and other objects of interest
- Simultaneous operation of Laser with sonar provides gap-filling capability and tactically advanced Target Detect and Target ID modes
- Thousands of tow hours logged from a variety of platforms
High Resolution Sonar
- High speed (18 Knot) operation
- Object detection and classification
- Target box cuing
Laser Line Scanner
- High speed operation
- Optical imagery for target I.D.
- Field proven/COTS based