US Navy Awards $11 Million for a New Countermine System

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is developing a new Expendable Mine Neutralization System (EMNS) for the Navy's Mine Counter Measures (MCM-1) Avenger-class ships. The company was awarded $11 million by the Navy for the System Development and Demonstration (SD&D) phase. EMNS will be designed to protect carrier and expeditionary strike groups For the Navy, and will greatly reduce the mine detection-to- neutralization sequence time, improving mine countermeasure mission effectiveness and reduce the amount of time Sailors will have to operate in minefields. (More...)
MK-105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping Systems are towed behind two MH-53E Sea Dragons assigned to Helicopter Mine Counter Measure Squadron One Five (HM-15). The MK-105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System is a high-speed catamaran hydrofoil platform also known as a "sled." The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) and HM-15 conducted a Mine Countermeasure exercise in the Persian Arabian. Saipan is currently on deployment conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick W. Mullen III.

EMNS will replace the existing AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization System (seen in the left picture) currently deployed on all 14 MCM-class ships (An MCM vessel is pictured below). The system will be able to rapidly reacquire, target and neutralize moored and sea-bottom mines. For this task the BAE Systems' Archerfish mine disposal system will be used. Archerfish is a remotely-operated underwater vehicle that locates mines using sonar, enabling an operator to identify the mine using video and destroy the mine on an operator command. Archerfish is common mine neutralizer chosen for U.S. Navy's mission.


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The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) and Mine Countermeasure ship USS Ardent (MCM 12) conduct mine sweeping operations in the Persian gulf. Saipan is currently on deployment conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gary L. Johnson III


 

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