Military Embedded Systems

Navy sonar mine hunting contract won by Raytheon


March 03, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

Navy sonar mine hunting contract won by Raytheon

TEWKSBURY, MA. Raytheon won a $35.5 million contract to deliver AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment to the U.S. Navy. The system will be deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), functioning as the variable depth sonar for the AN/WLD-1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS), where it will be towed undersea to scan the water in front, below, and to the sides of the vehicle to look for anti-shipping mines.

AN/AQS-20A makes use of sophisticated sonar, electro-optical sensors, and high-precision location data to create high-resolution images of mines and mine-like objects. The system detects, localizes, and identifies bottom, close-tethered, and volume mines, while the AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) reacquires and neutralizes those mines found by the AN/AQS-20A. AMNS is made up of a helicopter-based control console and a launch and handling system that is equipped with four unmanned Archerfish neutralizer vehicles that can destroy mines via remote control from the operator in the MH-60S helicopter.

The contract has options which, if exercised, would then bring the cumulative value of the contract to $199,692,601. Most of the work will happen at Raytheon's Portsmouth, R.I. facility with support and contributions coming from other Raytheon business areas and also from a number of large and small business supplier partners.


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