AQS-24B Minehunting System

Northrop Grumman has three decades of in-fleet airborne minehunting countermeasure experience with 27 systems fielded.

AQS-24B Minehunting System

Northrop Grumman 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 and real-time sonar processing.

Advanced Capabilities and Performance Designed to Meet Current and Future Minehunting Challenges

  • The only deployed and operationally proven high-speed airborne mine detection 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.