The AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the US Navy (USN) has confirmed.
Developed by Arête Associates, COBRA is based on a multispectral electro-optical payload – carried on the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system – designed to detect and localise minefields and obstacles in the beach zone in daytime conditions. Previously, such reconnaissance was only possible by putting sailors or marines onto the beach in advance of a landing, exposing them to potential casualties and revealing the intended landing zone
The COBRA Block I system is comprised of two airborne payloads, a post mission analysis station and the Tactical Control System (TCS) segment for the MQ-8B Fire Scout mission control system (MCS).
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