The Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) programme successfully completed developmental testing (DT) recently off the coast of southern California aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-class version of the LCS.
“This DT marks the last critical step in demonstrating the CMR mission module capability on the LCS Independence variant prior to fleet introduction,” Captain Theodore Zobel, LCS Mission Modules programme manager, said in a statement on 15 March.
More complex mine-warfare missions and initial operational test and evaluation were scheduled to begin later in March, Capt Zobel said.
The CMR mission module includes the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle with its mission control system (MCS), the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system with the airborne payload subsystem, and the post-mission analysis subsystem, supporting software and support containers.
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