The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet.
“AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”, said Naval Surface Warfare Centre Panama City Division’s (NSWC PCD) AN/AQS-20C Lead Project Engineer Joe Thomas in a 8 April statement.
The Raytheon-developed AN/AQS-20Cis an advanced variant of the AN/AQS-20 system and is designed to detect, classify, localise, and identify mines on the seabed, near bottom moored mines, volume mines, and near surface mines. It uses signal processing, imaging sonars, and algorithms to provide operators with real-time, computer-aided detection and classification against the full spectrum of threat mines.
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