The US Navy (USN) AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine-detection system achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on 10 October, USN officials announced.
COBRA is being developed for integration with the USN’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system and is flown over a beach zone to detect and locate minefields.
The Block I version completed the first phase of initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) on board the MQ-8B.
Previously, such reconnaissance was only possible by putting sailors or marines on the beach in advance of a landing, essentially putting them into the middle of a possible minefield.
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